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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An enclosure where stray animals are confined.
  • transitive verb To confine in or as if in a pinfold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place in which stray cattle are temporarily confined; a pound.
  • noun A fold or inclosure for animals.
  • To confine in a pound or pinfold; impound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A place in which stray cattle or domestic animals are confined; a pound; a penfold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • verb transitive To confine animals in a pinfold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pen where stray animals are confined

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English pynfold, alteration of Old English pundfald : pund-, enclosure + fald, fold.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

pen +‎ fold

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