pinfold

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

pen +‎ fold

NounEdit

pinfold (plural pinfolds)

  1. An open enclosure for animals, especially an area where stray animals were rounded up if their owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land.
    • 1600 Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XIII, xx:
      These drawing near the wood, where close ypent
      The wicked sprites in sylvan pinfolds were...

VerbEdit

pinfold (third-person singular simple present pinfolds, present participle pinfolding, simple past and past participle pinfolded)

  1. (transitive) To confine animals in a pinfold.
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