[ uh-bree; French a-bree ]

noun,plural a·bris [uh-breez; French a-bree]. /əˈbriz; French aˈbri/.
  1. a shelter, especially a dugout.

  2. Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits.

Origin of abri

<French, Old French, noun derivative of abrier (now obsolete or dial.) to shelter, shield, screen <Late Latin aprīcāre to warm in the sun (hence, to shield from wind, cold, etc.), verbal derivative of Latin aprīcus sunny, warmed by the sunshine; Old French b for v perhaps <Old Provençal abriar, or by construal of a- as prefix

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/ (æˈbriː) /

  1. a shelter or place of refuge, esp in wartime

Origin of abri

French, from Latin apricum an open place

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