Battue Definition

bă-to͝o, -tyo͝o
The beating of woods and bushes to flush game.
American Heritage
A beating of underbrush and woods to drive game out toward hunters.
Webster's New World
A hunt in which this is done.
American Heritage
A hunt of this kind.
Webster's New World
Any mass killing.
Webster's New World

Origin of Battue

  • French feminine of battu past participle of battre to beat from Old French batre batter1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Portuguese batuda or Italian battuta (a beating); See Latin battuo, (to beat.)

    From Wiktionary

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