One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong fence for confining cattle, consisting of a hedge with a strong guard rail on one side, and usually a ditch on the other.
- ‘In Leicestershire, which is generally regarded par excellence as the hunting county of England, two specially formidable descriptions of fences require frequently to be surmounted. These are the ox fence and the bullfinch fence.’
- ‘Injuries to the animal skin, such as cuts, caused by keeping the animals inside the ox fence or pastures, are subject to scarring just as the human skin.’
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