Battue meaning

bă-to͝o, -tyo͝o
The beating of woods and bushes to flush game.
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A hunt in which this is done.
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A beating of underbrush and woods to drive game out toward hunters.
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A hunt of this kind.
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Any mass killing.
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A form of hunting in which game is forced into the open by the beating of sticks on bushes etc.
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The game thus forced into the open.
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A hunt performed in this manner.
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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