One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The driving of game towards hunters by beaters.
slaughter, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killingView synonyms
- ‘The battue, a hunt in which bushes are beaten to drive out the game (a method used by the Aborigines), proved to be much more successful.’
- ‘More than a hunt, battue is a social activity where people enjoy the same passion and spend time together.’
- ‘Heavy investment was made in the nineteenth century in rearing thousands of pheasants for leisured slaughter in the battue.’
- ‘Researching the meaning of the word "battue" gives some indication of such a rifle's intended purpose, which is to rapidly acquire and shoot multiple animals in something approaching a stampede.’
- 1.1count noun A shooting party arranged so that beaters can drive the game towards the hunters.‘they were shot down like pheasants in a battue’
- ‘In some clubs or associations it's forbidden to hunt antlered stag in battue.’
- ‘A head of the hunt in a battue may be a person who has passed an aptitude test in the State Forest Service and has received a head of the hunts certificate.’
- ‘But any improvement in relations was temporary, for further improvements in guns led to vast battues, in which 1,000 birds might be shot in one day.’
Early 19th century: from French, feminine past participle of battre ‘to beat’, from Latin battuere.
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