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abatis

[ab-uh-tee, -tis, uh-bat-ee, uh-bat-is] /ˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs/
noun, plural abatis
[ab-uh-teez, uh-bat-eez] /ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz/ (Show IPA),
abatises
[ab-uh-tis-iz, uh-bat-uh-siz] /ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an obstacle or barricade of trees with bent or sharpened branches directed toward an enemy.
2.
a barbed wire entanglement used as an obstacle or barricade against an enemy.
Origin of abatis
1760-1770
1760-70; < French; Old French abateis < Vulgar Latin *abatteticius, derivative of Old French abattre (see abate)
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abatis

/ˈæbətɪs; ˈæbətiː/
noun (fortifications)
1.
a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards
2.
a barbed-wire entanglement before a position
Word Origin
C18: from French, from abattre to fell
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n.

"defense made of felled trees," 1766, from French abatis, literally "things thrown down," from Old French abateis, from abattre "to beat down, throw down" (see abate).

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