"killing, manslaughter, carnage; butchery of animals," now obsolete (OED's last entry is c 1610), the native cognate of slaughter (q.v.). From Old English sliht, sleht, slieht "stroke, slaughter, murder, death; animals for slaughter;" as in sliehtswyn "pig for killing." Cognate with Old Saxon slahta, Old Frisian slaehte, Old High German slahta, German Schlacht "battle."
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