Pronunciation: (ab'u-tē", -tis, u-bat'ē, u-bat'is), [key]
—pl. ab•a•tisPronunciation: (ab'u-tēz", u-bat'ēz), [key] ab•a•tis•esPronunciation: (ab'u-tis"iz, u-bat'u-siz). [key]
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.
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