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slaughterhouse

[slaw-ter-hous] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural slaughterhouses
[slaw-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English slautherhus; see slaughter, house
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British Dictionary definitions for slaughter house

slaughterhouse

/ˈslɔːtəˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir
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Word Origin and History for slaughter house

slaughterhouse

n.

also slaughter-house, late 14c., "place where animals are butchered for market," from slaughter (n.) + house (n.). The Slaughter-house cases in U.S. history were 1873.

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