[verb ih-mas-kyuh-leyt; adjective ih-mas-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
- to castrate.
- to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
- deprived of or lacking strength or vigor; effeminate.
Origin of emasculate
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More modern methods are by the use of special instruments known as the emasculator and the craseur.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
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- to remove the testicles of; castrate; geld
- to deprive of vigour, effectiveness, etc
- botany to remove the stamens from (a flower) to prevent self-pollination for the purposes of plant breeding
- castrated; gelded
- deprived of strength, effectiveness, etc
C17: from Latin ēmasculāre, from masculus male; see masculine
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