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[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr] /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/
a slaughterhouse.
Origin of abattoir
1810-20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2 Unabridged
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  • Aberdeen is in fact becoming little else than a London abattoir.

  • Shall I to the abattoir and ask the slayer of oxen for a steak?

  • Digging like a navvy in order to get admission to the abattoir!

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer
  • The pigs will be dealt with in the abattoir, sent as fresh pork to the market or be turned into bacon to feed the members.

    National Being (A.E.)George William Russell
  • When it comes to slaughtering defenseless animals with high-powered guns, I prefer a position in an abattoir.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The monsters in question could only be the Shylocks of the abattoir who had tempted him with blood-money for Mlle. Adrienne.

  • The still hunting of the natives has all the romance and danger attending the slaughter of sheep in an abattoir.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for abattoir


another name for slaughterhouse
Word Origin
C19: French, from abattre to fell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for abattoir

"slaughterhouse for cows," 1820, from French abattre "to beat down" (see abate) + suffix -oir, corresponding to Latin -orium (see -ory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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