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A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc. [Early 19th century.]
Borrowing from French abattoir, from abattre (“to slaughter”) (cognate to abate) + -oir (“-ory”).
French from abattre to strike down from Old French abate
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
A small local abattoir is used to reduce travel time.
In other words no one who has ever asked to visit the abattoir has ever been turned down.
To this end, the nearest appropriate approved abattoir is to be used.
True, they can now sell cattle of a certain age, slaughtered at a specific abattoir, to some European countries.
This included the abattoir operated by Orkney Meat, Orkney Auction Mart and the new Orkney Cheese creamery.
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