< /ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz/.

  1. an obstacle or barricade of trees with bent or sharpened branches directed toward an enemy.
  2. a barbed wire entanglement used as an obstacle or barricade against an enemy.

noun fortifications

  1. a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards
  2. a barbed-wire entanglement before a position

“defense made of felled trees,” 1766, from French abatis, literally “things thrown down,” from Old French abateis, from abattre “to beat down, throw down” (see abate).

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