abature

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