\ ˌäˌbävˈwä, F ȧbȧvwȧ or -wä \
plural abat-voix\ -​wäz , F -​wȧ or -​wä \

Definition of abat-voix

: a device for reflecting sound (such as the sounding board over a pulpit or rostrum)

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First Known Use of abat-voix

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Abat-voix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abat-voix. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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