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abattoir Line breaks: ab¦at|toir
Pronunciation: /ˈabətwɑː/

Definition of abattoir in English:


A slaughterhouse.
Example sentences
  • Once in southern Europe, many animals are slaughtered in abattoirs using methods which are illegal in Britain.
  • The 29-month-old animal was slaughtered in an abattoir in Wales last November and put into the food chain.
  • The company wants to build a packing facility for the meat from pigs slaughtered at its abattoir in the village.
archaic shambles, butcher-row


Early 19th century: from French, from abattre 'to fell'.

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