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stockyard (n.)

also stock-yard, "enclosure for sorting and keeping cattle, swine, sheep, etc.," typically connected with a railroad or slaughter-house, 1802, from stock (n.1) + yard (n.1).

updated on December 03, 2013

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Definitions of stockyard from WordNet

stockyard (n.)
enclosed yard where cattle, pigs, horses, or sheep are kept temporarily;
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