American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A slaughterhouse.
- n. Something likened to a slaughterhouse: "The hand of God and mankind's self-inflicted blows seem equally heavy ... giving a strong cumulative impression of the world as an abattoir” ( Manchester Guardian Weekly).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public slaughter-house. In Europe and in the United States abattoirs of great size have been erected and provided with elaborate machinery for the humane and rapid slaughter of large numbers of animals, and for the proper commercial and sanitary disposal of the waste material.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc.
- n. a building where animals are butchered
- Borrowing from French abattoir, from abattre ("to slaughter") (cognate to abate) + -oir ("-ory"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from abattre, to strike down, from Old French; see abate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ablative somehow reminds me of the word abattoir, which is more disgusting than evil.”
“The abattoir is a community owned facility and we want this to be a part of our community for”
“The Killarney people are very disappointed because the opportunity to pick up work in town is very limited, the abattoir is the biggest employer in town," he said.”
“Acknowledging the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Cokanasiga said the services of Dr. Ilagi Puana is quite valuable and has filled one the crucial point of meat preparation at the abattoir which is meat inspection.”
“The issue of the abattoir was the straw that broke the camel's back, "he told reporters at DAP headquarters here today.”
“Fuck," said Svart Annika afterward, "It looks like an abattoir in here.”
“In the meanwhile Orinoco—her nails long since cleansed underneath but now painted in the darkest black cherry possible—had exercised the good sense to rely on thin even coats of sweet-scent morticians' wax to impart a semblance of freshness, pots of heavy black coffee each night to abate her abattoir breath, and incessant cigarettes to keep her lips warm.”
“She said that to appreciate Beauty you have to find it in the ugly, like a puppy running into traffic, ash from an abattoir sifted on the trees, a flower under a tractor wheel or an abandoned pram among other junk by the tracks.”
“Recently shorn, these offspring of mules crossed with Suffolk and Texel rams will replace ewes too old for breeding and destined for the abattoir.”
“So I come home one day from the abattoir and my second wife is sitting on the couch wearing nothing but a pentagram necklace and stripper shoes.”
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