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guillotine

noun [C]  /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/ us  
a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame that was used for killing a person by cutting off his or her head
guillotine
verb [T]  /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/ us  
During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.
Translations of “guillotine”
in Spanish guillotina…
in French guillotine, massicot…
in German die Guillotine, die Papierschneidemaschine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝置, (法國發明的)斷頭台, 切紙機…
in Russian гильотина…
in Turkish giyotin…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装置, (法国发明的)断头台, 切纸机…
in Polish gilotyna…
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