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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: slatr 'meat, killing animals for meat'

slaughter

2 noun
     
slaughter2 [uncountable]
1 when people kill animals, especially for their meat:
the export of live animals for slaughter
2 when large numbers of people are killed in a cruel or violent way:
the slaughter of defenceless women and children

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