EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Veterinary Pathology Origin of bog spavin
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1625–35 noun . Veterinary Pathology 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 1400–50; late Middle English spaveyne < Old French ( e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ?
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Examples from the Web for bog spavin Historical Examples of bog spavin British Dictionary definitions for bog spavin noun 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 for spavin
C15: from Old French
espavin, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bog spavin n.
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.
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