abature

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French abateure, from the verb abatre (to knock down, to destroy). See abate

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abature (plural abatures)

  1. (usually in the plural) Grass and sprigs beaten or trampled down by a stag passing through them. [Late 16th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “abature” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 2.