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abattoir

[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr] /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/
noun
1.
a slaughterhouse.
Origin of abattoir
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2
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  • In Columbus, Mississippi, there is a colored butcher who owns his abattoir and supplies the best trade of his town with meat.

  • The monsters in question could only be the Shylocks of the abattoir who had tempted him with blood-money for Mlle. Adrienne.

  • Aberdeen is in fact becoming little else than a London abattoir.

  • To contemplate it is more sad even than to see a great church turned into a stable or an abattoir—as can yet be seen in France.

  • When it comes to slaughtering defenseless animals with high-powered guns, I prefer a position in an abattoir.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Its position, near a small ravine in which runs a brook, may lead us to suppose that here was the abattoir of the Roman army.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • It was only a scratch and he had been knocked down like a beef in an abattoir by an unseen enemy, on whom he could not lay hands!

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for abattoir

abattoir

/ˈæbəˌtwɑː/
noun
1.
another name for slaughterhouse
Word Origin
C19: French, from abattre to fell
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Word Origin and History for abattoir
n.

"slaughterhouse for cows," 1820, from French abattre "to beat down" (see abate) + suffix -oir, corresponding to Latin -orium (see -ory).

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