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battue

[ba-too, -tyoo; French ba-ty] /bæˈtu, -ˈtyu; French baˈtü/
noun, plural battues
[ba-tooz, -tyooz; French ba-ty] /bæˈtuz, -ˈtyuz; French baˈtü/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly British
1.
Hunting.
  1. the beating or driving of game from cover toward a stationary hunter.
  2. a hunt or hunting party using this method of securing game.
2.
undiscriminating slaughter of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, noun use of feminine of battu, past participle of battre < Latin battuere to beat. See battuta, battle1
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battue

/bæˈtuː; -ˈtjuː; French baty/
noun
1.
the beating of woodland or cover to force game to flee in the direction of hunters
2.
  1. an organized shooting party using this method
  2. the game disturbed or shot by this method
3.
indiscriminate slaughter, as of a defenceless crowd
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of battu beaten, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere
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