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abat-jour

[ah-bah-zhoo r; French a-ba-zhoor] /ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊər; French a baˈʒur/
noun, plural abat-jours
[ah-bah-zhoo rz; French a-ba-zhoor] /ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊərz; French a baˈʒur/ (Show IPA)
1.
a device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building.
2.
a sloping screen for cutting off the view between an interior or porch and a lower area in front of a building.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French: literally, it throws down (abat) the daylight ( jour). See abate, journey
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