noun Veterinary Pathology.
Origin of spavin
Examples from the Web for spavin
A spavin was apparent in one leg, while on another was a great ringbone.The Boys of Old Monmouth|Everett T. Tomlinson
A lady further up on a grey, obviously suffering from spavin, was sailing over like a two-year old.Fanny Goes to War|Pat Beauchamp
"All the coaches are full with the men going down," Spavin said.The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
Sprains of the mesial tarsal ligaments cause lameness somewhat similar to that of spavin.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
I'll wire old Spavin that I'm detained on biz; and I'll tell 'em to send my riding-breeches and dress-clothes down!Lyre and Lancet|F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for spavin
Word Origin for spavin
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.