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Abreuvoir fountain, Castiglione delle Stiviere, Fontana, Italy.
Abrevadero (abreuvoir), in Fregenal de la Sierra, Extremadura, Spain.
Fontaine-abreuvoir à Saint-Aventin, Haute-Garonne, France.

An abreuvoir /ˌæbrəˈvwɑːr, ˌæbˌrˈvwɑːr/ (French: watering place, trough) can mean a basin containing water or a type of masonry joint.[1]

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An abreuvoir is a watering trough, fountain, or other installed basin: originally intended to provide humans and/or animals at a rural or urban watering place with fresh drinking water. They were often located at springs. In pre-automobile era cities, they were built as equestrian water troughs for horses providing transportation. In contemporary times, abreuvoirs are also seen as civic or private fountains in the designed townscape-landscape.

  • English – Watering trough, basin trough fountain
  • Spanish – Abrevadero
  • French – Abreuvoir, fontaine pour les animaux
  • German – Tränke
  • Italian – Abbeveratoio


In stonemasonry, as an old or obsolete term, an abreuvoir is a joint or interstice between two stones, to be filled with mortar by a stonemason.[1]

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