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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Definitions for abattoir

  1. A slaughterhouse.

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Citations for abattoir
Cal's father works in the local abattoir and had found Cal a job there, too, but he quit after a week because he couldn't stand the smell. Anatole Broyard, New York Times
While shooting down a triple espresso -- "I need the kick start" -- and looking for all the world like James Joyce buffed up on steroids, Ellroy rips into American culture like a chainsaw in an abattoir with the volume turned up. Terry McCarthy, Time
Origin of abattoir
Abattoir comes from French, from abattre, "to beat down, to slaughter (an animal)," from a- (from Latin ad-) + battre, "to beat," from Latin battuere.