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Chiefly in France and French-speaking contexts: a horse trough or similar watering place.
Late 17th century (in an earlier sense). From French abreuvoir, † abbreuvoir from Old French abrever, variant (with metathesis) of Anglo-Norman abeiverer, abeverer, abuverer, Anglo-Norman and Old French abevrer, Old French abeuvrer to cause (a person or animal) to drink copiously, to drench (the earth, a towel, etc.) + -oir. For the semantic motivation of sense 1, see quot. 1822.
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