abatis


ab·a·tis

noun \ˈa-bə-ˌtē, ˈa-bə-təs\
plural ab·a·tis \ˈa-bə-ˌtēz\ or ab·a·tis·es \ˈa-bə-tə-səz\

Definition of ABATIS

:  a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy

Origin of ABATIS

French, from abattre to strike down, slaughter, from Old French abatre
First Known Use: 1766

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with ABATIS

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