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abri

[uh-bree; French a-bree] /əˈbri; French aˈbri/
noun, plural abris
[uh-breez; French a-bree] /əˈbriz; French aˈbri/ (Show IPA)
1.
a shelter, especially a dugout.
2.
Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits.
Origin
< French, Old French, noun derivative of abrier (now obsolete or dial.) to shelter, shield, screen < Late Latin aprīcāre to warm in the sun (hence, to shield from wind, cold, etc.), verbal derivative of Latin aprīcus sunny, warmed by the sunshine; Old French b for v perhaps < Old Provençal abriar, or by construal of a- as prefix
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abri

/æˈbriː/
noun
1.
a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime
Word Origin
French, from Latin apricum an open place
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