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Butch"er*y (?), n. [OE. bocherie shambles, fr. F. boucherie. See Butcher, n.]


The business of a butcher.



Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.


The perpetration of human butchery. Prescott.


A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed.


Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. Fabyan.

Syn. -- Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.


© Webster 1913.

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