ab·​at·​toir | \ˈa-bə-ˌtwär, -ˌtwȯr, -ˌtȯr\

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And an abattoir in Scotland that slaughters about 60 percent of the pigs there has transported some of its animals to locations in neighboring England because the company had run out of carbon dioxide. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.," 29 June 2018 Scotland’s biggest pig abattoir was forced to close because of shortages of the gas, which is used to stun the animals before slaughter. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Brits Are Running Low on Crumpets and Beer as CO2 in Short Supply," 2 July 2018 Even Nancy Meyers' happy kitchens are foodie abattoirs in their way. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold recommends 10 food-centric films," 3 May 2018 Back then on Fulton, actual meatpackers, not the glossy magazine-friendly Publican Quality Meats butchers, hosed down the sidewalks in front of their abattoirs. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017 The transition from abattoir to a lab that built life-saving robots seemed fitting. Caroline Lester, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Your Bomb-Defusing Robot Becomes a Weapon," 26 Apr. 2018 The abattoir in Baringo has been running for almost two years, slaughtering hundreds of donkeys a day to satisfy Chinese demand. The Economist, "Saving assesAfricans want to sell donkey skins. Western charities want to stop them," 8 Mar. 2018 Few River Forest residents would be happy to know their neighbors were operating an abattoir in the back yard. Paul Sassone, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Should people be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards?," 28 June 2017 Livestock in those days arrived at Jefferson City's riverfront, whereupon the animals were driven to abattoirs dispersed citywide, thus allowing butchers to slaughter as needed and sell the fresh meat promptly to local clientele. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans took Uptown from Jefferson Parish," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of abattoir

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abattoir

borrowed from French, from stem of abattre "to strike down, slaughter" + -oir -ory entry 1 — more at abate

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