spavin

[ spav-in ]
/ ˈspæv ɪn /

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.

QUIZZES

WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Origin of spavin

1400–50; late Middle English spaveyne<Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ?
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for spavin

British Dictionary definitions for spavin

spavin
/ (ˈspævɪn) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012