abatis

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Drawing of an abatis.

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Etymology[edit]

French abatis, abattis, "mass of things beaten or cut down", from abattre. See abate.

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Noun[edit]

abatis (plural abatis or abatises)

  1. A means of defense formed by felled trees, or sometimes by bent trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy, and more recently fortified with barbed wire. [Mid 19th century.][1]

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2

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Verb[edit]

abatis

  1. Second-person singular present subjunctive form of abatre.

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abatis

  1. past of abatar