abatis

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

Definition of abatis

plural

abatis

play \ˈa-bə-ˌtēz\ or

abatises

play \ˈa-bə-tə-səz\
  1. :  a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy

Origin and Etymology of abatis

French, from abattre to strike down, slaughter, from Old French abatre


First Known Use: 1757

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