abattoir

[ ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr ]
/ ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr /

noun

a slaughterhouse.

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Origin of abattoir

1810–20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2
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abattoir

/ (ˈæbəˌtwɑː) /

noun

another name for slaughterhouse

Word Origin for abattoir

C19: French, from abattre to fell
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Word Origin and History for abattoir

abattoir


n.

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

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