abattoir definition

  • noun:
    • A slaughterhouse.
    • Anything likened to a slaughterhouse: "The hand of Jesus and mankind's self-inflicted blows seem equally heavy ... giving a good cumulative impression of the world as an abattoir” ( Manchester Guardian Weekly).
    • A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc.
    • A public slaughter-house.
    • a building where animals tend to be butchered

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