slaugh·​ter·​house | \ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of slaughterhouse 

: an establishment where animals are butchered

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After the war, Madame d’Ora began finding new and unlikely inspiration in Paris slaughterhouses, trading in the lace and plumage of her day job for blood and guts. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 But at least 52,000 horses — many of them discarded racers — were exported to Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses in 2016, according to the Equine Assistance Project. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Second Chance Farm: Four broken men, six discarded racehorses, one place saving them," 17 May 2018 Farm animals endure intolerable cruelty every day in factory farms, slaughterhouses and in transit, and their abuse is largely hidden. Michael Harriot, The Root, "I Wanted to Attend This Vigil For a Dead Chicken Just to Say I Was At The Whitest Thing That Ever Happened," 12 June 2018 A few miles downriver from the Fayetteville Works is the world’s largest hog slaughterhouse, once part of the Smithfield Foods empire and since 2013 controlled by a Chinese conglomerate. Ken Otterbourg, Fortune, "Teflon’s River of Fear," 24 May 2018 Scotland’s largest pig slaughterhouse was forced to shut. The Economist, "Shortages of carbon dioxide in Europe may get worse," 5 July 2018 So did the infrastructure those animals demanded: slaughterhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, "There will be blood: Some District neighborhoods once sported memorable names," 19 June 2018 Animal Control and the slaughterhouse were inundated with calls from citizens, begging them to spare Queenie’s life. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018 Blood Meal This fast-acting fertilizer, made from slaughterhouse waste, is a potent, easy-to-find source of nitrogen. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slaughterhouse

: a building where animals are killed for their meat


slaugh·​ter·​house | \ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s \
plural slaughterhouses\ -​ˌhau̇-​zəz \

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: a building where animals are killed and prepared for food

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