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

Definition of slaughterhouse

: an establishment where animals are butchered

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In a typical month before the storm, the tab could reach $30,000 to run the slaughterhouse, refrigerators and processing operation. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 Where the goats came from is unclear, though there are a number of slaughterhouses in the area where they were found. Sarah Maslin Nir, The Seattle Times, "Not Your Average Subway Delay: Hungry Goats on the Tracks," 20 Aug. 2018 The billies will be in good company — Stewart previously adopted a bull who escaped from a Queens slaughterhouse and an abused horse found in Pennsylvania. Fox News, "Jon Stewart rescues runaway goats found on NYC subway tracks," 21 Aug. 2018 With a recent investment by agribusiness giant Cargill Inc., Mr. Hunt says, Cainthus eventually plans to take its facial-recognition technology beyond the farm gate, to track cows during transport and at slaughterhouses. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 But the state's approval of a Class IB operating permit allows the feedlot and slaughterhouse to house up to 6,999 cattle in roofed, open-air structures. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Missouri approves permit to expand cattle feedlot by Powell Gardens; appeal expected," 15 June 2018 There are several slaughterhouses in the area around the 8th Avenue subway stop. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Goats Hoof It to Subway Line in Brooklyn," 20 Aug. 2018 Ahmed runs his farm and slaughterhouse in the heart of Central Florida’s metropolitan area. Kyle Arnold,, "Welcome to Apoultry, Winter Park's free-range chicken farm and slaughterhouse," 17 May 2018 One of the statistics that popped out to me from your research was that something like 47 percent of Americans want to ban slaughterhouses. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We could end factory farming this century," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of slaughterhouse

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 \

Kids Definition of slaughterhouse

: a building where animals are killed and prepared for food

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