slaugh·​ter·​house | \ ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio) \

Definition of slaughterhouse

: an establishment where animals are butchered

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The US Department of Agriculture has oversight on the kind of meat that involves farms and slaughterhouses. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "Lab-grown meat and the fight over what it can be called, explained," 31 Aug. 2018 The Yale researchers collected brains from 200 pigs at a local slaughterhouse and rushed them back to their lab, where the organs were kept medically active (though not conscious) by a system of pumps, heaters and oxygen-carrying fluid. NBC News, "'Brain in a bucket' study spurs medical, ethical debates," 16 May 2018 Raids at 7-Elevens across the country in January and at a Tennessee slaughterhouse in April made headlines; scores of workers were detained at Ohio meatpacking plants in late June. New York Times, "An ICE Raid Leaves an Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines," 3 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio) \
plural slaughterhouses\ -​ˌhau̇-​zəz \

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: a building where animals are killed and prepared for food

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