- to remove the ovaries of (an animal).
Origin of spay1
- a three-year-old male red deer.
Origin of spay2
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Examples from the Web for spay
In the course of time, they drank four-and-twenty, when Spay said to the other, "Now we'll go."
- (tr) to remove the ovaries, and usually the uterus, from (a female animal)
Word Origin and History for spay
early 15c., "stab with a sword, kill," also "remove the ovaries of," from Anglo-French espeier "cut with a sword," from Middle French espeer, from Old French espee "sword" (French épée), from Latin spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)).
- To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.