Definition of abactor in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbaktə/


  • A person who steals livestock, especially herds of cattle, usually by driving the animals away.


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