abat–voix

noun \ˌäˌbävˈwä, F ȧbȧvwȧ or -wä\

Definition of abat–voix

plural

abat–voix

\-wäz, F -wȧ or -wä\
  1. :  a device for reflecting sound (such as the sounding board over a pulpit or rostrum)

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Origin and Etymology of abat–voix

borrowed from French, literally, “(it) strikes down (abat) the voice (voix),” from abattre “to strike down” + voix “voice,” going back to Old French vois — more at abate, 1voice


First Known Use: 1872


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