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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
2: indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered" [syn: bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, battue]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from feminine of battu, past participle of battre to beat Date: 1816 the beating of woods and bushes to flush game; also a hunt in which this procedure is used

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the driving of game towards hunters by beaters. b a shooting-party arranged in this way. 2 wholesale slaughter. Etymology: F, fem. past part. of battre beat f. L battuere

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Battue Bat"tue`, n. [F. battue, fr. battre to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Battuta.] (Hunting) (a) The act of beating the woods, bushes, etc., for game. (b) The game itself. (c) The wanton slaughter of game. --Howitt.



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