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butcher block

noun
1.
a slab of wood resembling that used for a butcher's chopping block, formed by bonding or gluing together thick laminated strips of unpainted wood, usually maple or oak, in alternating light and dark shades to produce a striped pattern.
2.
a material, as vinyl, made to resemble butcher block in color and pattern.
Origin of butcher block
1835-1845
1835-45
Related forms
butcher-block, adjective
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  • It was drawn and cleaned, too, and soon Rowdy was disjointing it as one would a chicken, using a flat stone for a butcher block.

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