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battue

[ ba-too, -tyoo; French ba-ty ]
/ bæˈtu, -ˈtyu; French baˈtü /
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noun, plural bat·tues [ba-tooz, -tyooz; French ba-ty]. /bæˈtuz, -ˈtyuz; French baˈtü/. Chiefly British.
Hunting.
  1. the beating or driving of game from cover toward a stationary hunter.
  2. a hunt or hunting party using this method of securing game.
undiscriminating slaughter of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
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Origin of battue

1810–20; <French, noun use of feminine of battu, past participle of battre<Latin battuere to beat. See battuta, battle1
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British Dictionary definitions for battue

battue
/ (bæˈtuː, -ˈtjuː, French baty) /

noun
the beating of woodland or cover to force game to flee in the direction of hunters
  1. an organized shooting party using this method
  2. the game disturbed or shot by this method
indiscriminate slaughter, as of a defenceless crowd

Word Origin for battue

C19: from French, feminine of battu beaten, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere
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