One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fence in which the top rail lies in the intersection formed by crossed posts and the lower rails hang suspended from it by looped wires.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Manitoba Free Press. From a first element of uncertain origin (perhaps Russell, the surname of the supposed inventor of the fence) + fence. In form Rustle fence apparently by association with rustle.
Russell fence/ˈrʌsl ˌfɛns/
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