- a disease of the hock joint of horses in which enlargement occurs because of collected fluids (bog spavin), bony growth (bone spavin), or distention of the veins (blood spavin).
- an excrescence or enlargement so formed.
Origin of spavin
Examples from the Web for spavin
There was not a hitch in a settlement, nor a spavin in your stables, could escape him.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
"All the coaches are full with the men going down," Spavin said.The History of Pendennis
William Makepeace Thackeray
A spavin was apparent in one leg, while on another was a great ringbone.The Boys of Old Monmouth
Everett T. Tomlinson
The mule may not be so liable to spavin as the horse, but he has ringbone just the same.
They can, however, be relieved by the same process as recommended in spavin.
- vet science enlargement of the hock of a horse by a bony growth (bony spavin) or fluid accumulation in the joint (bog spavin), usually caused by inflammation or injury, and often resulting in lameness
Word Origin and History for spavin
disease of the hock joint of a horse, early 15c., from Middle French espavain, perhaps from Frankish *sparwan "sparrow" (see sparrow), so called perhaps from comparison of the bird's awkward gait to that of a horse affected with spavin.