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abatis

play
noun ab·a·tis \ˈa-bə-ˌtē, ˈa-bə-təs\

Definition of abatis

plural ab·a·tis play \ˈa-bə-ˌtēz\ or ab·a·tis·es play \ˈa-bə-tə-səz\

  1. :  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

Rhymes with abatis


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