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butchery

[boo ch-uh-ree] /ˈbʊtʃ ə ri/
noun, plural butcheries.
1.
a slaughterhouse.
2.
brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans; carnage.
3.
the trade or business of a butcher.
4.
the act of bungling or botching.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bocherie < Anglo-French, Middle French boucherie. See butcher, -y3
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  • Both rockshelters produced bone fragments consistent with game animal butchery and meal preparation.
  • They have suffered wholesale killings and butchery that is beyond anybody's imagination.
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butchery

/ˈbʊtʃərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
the business or work of a butcher
2.
wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
3.
a less common word for slaughterhouse
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Word Origin and History for butchery
n.

"the trade of a butcher," mid-15c., bocherie, from Old French bocherie (13c., Modern French boucherie), from bochier (see butcher (n.)).

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