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A person who steals livestock, especially herds of cattle, usually by driving the animals away.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hammond (1605–1660), Church of England clergyman and theologian. From classical Latin abactor cattle-thief (2nd cent. A.D. in Apuleius) from abact-, past participial stem of abigere to drive away, specifically to drive away cattle + -or.
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