abattoirs

abattoir

[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr]
noun
a slaughterhouse.

Origin:
1810–20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2

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abattoir (ˈæbəˌtwɑː)
 
n
another name for slaughterhouse
 
[C19: French, from abattre to fell]

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abattoir
"slaughterhouse for cows," 1820, from Fr. abattre "to beat down" (see abate).
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