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Twisted strands of steel wire, often coated with zinc, having barbs evenly spaced along them; used to construct agricultural and military fences.
I had to sneak around all the barbed wire fencing.
The Battalion had parties of specialist machine-gunners and grenade throwers on stand-by, as well as those ready to repair barbed wire.
The latter also had two strands of barbed wire strung along the top.
By 1914, barbed wire was a standard item in the military defense schemes of all the major belligerents of the Great War.
Vines and leaves can twine into concentric circles, and barbed wire also makes a striking pattern.
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