hedge·​row | \ ˈhej-ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio) \

Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees enclosing or separating fields

Examples of hedgerow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The poem opens with the lines, This lonely hill was always dear to me/ and this hedgerow, which cuts off the view/ of so much of the last horizon. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Is a second wave inevitable? The stock markets seem to think so," 15 June 2020 On warm summer evenings, the fields and hedgerows hum with new insect life. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 The bedside wall ran through the pastures to the hedgerow, which stretched along the wall with the door. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 So grab a shotgun and work over every tangle of hedgerow brush and field-edge bramble, and stomp on every pile of timber slash. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Winter Rabbits without Dogs," 3 Feb. 2020 New lands were brought under the plow and hedgerows were ripped up, leading to erosion. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "United Kingdom to embark on ‘agricultural revolution’ in break from EU farm subsidies," 17 Jan. 2020 Plus, there aren’t 10 hunters laying in the middle of the decoys or crouching in A-Frames in a hedgerow with their heads peeking out the top of the blind. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Goose Hunting Tactics for Water and Fields," 15 Jan. 2020 Urban sprawl gives way to farm buildings, hedgerows and Range Rovers. The Economist, "Walking the wall: my Brexit hike in northern England," 4 Dec. 2019 The backyard encompasses rolling lawns, an irregularly-shaped infinity pool, various fountains and sculpted European-style hedgerows. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Cardi B And Offset Take Us On A Tour Of Their New House," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hedgerow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hedgerow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedgerow. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees that form the boundary of an area


hedge·​row | \ ˈhej-ˌrō How to pronounce hedgerow (audio) \

Kids Definition of hedgerow

: a row of shrubs or trees around a field

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