- See under spavin(def 1).
Origin of bog spavin
- 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 bog spavin
Examples of such a condition are to be found in bog-spavin, in hygroma of the stifle, and sometimes in the fetlock.Diseases of the Horse's Foot
Harry Caulton Reeks
- 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 bog 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.