Noun Abactor Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abactor

Pronunciation:

/əˈbaktə/

Definition:
1.

noun

A person who steals livestock, especially herds of cattle, usually by driving the animals away.
    ((n.) One who steals and drives away cattle or beasts by herds or droves.)


    Origin:
    Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hammond (1605–1660), Church of England clergyman and theologian. From classical Latin abactor cattle-thief (2nd cent. a.d. in Apuleius) from abact-, past participial stem of abigere to drive away, specifically to drive away cattle + -or.

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