rail fence

rail fence
noun
a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle) (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑fence, ↑fencing
Part Meronyms: ↑split rail, ↑fence rail

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noun
Etymology: rail (II)
: a fence of posts and usually split rails — compare worm fence

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a fence made of rails resting on crossed stakes or across one another at an angle. Also called Virginia fence.
[1640-50, Amer.]

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n. a fence, typically a wooden one, made of posts and rails

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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