[ spey ]
/ speɪ /
verb (used with object) Veterinary Medicine.
to remove the ovaries of (an animal).
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Origin of spay1
1375–1425; late Middle English spayen<Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword (Old French espeer), derivative of espee sword; see épée
OTHER WORDS FROM spayun·spayed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH spayspade, spayed
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Definition for spay (2 of 2)
[ spey ]
/ speɪ /
a three-year-old male red deer.
Also called spay·ad [spey-uhd], /ˈspeɪ əd/, spay·ard [spey-erd]. /ˈspeɪ ərd/.
Origin of spay2
1375–1425; late Middle English < ?
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Example sentences 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."
British Dictionary definitions for spay
/ (speɪ) /
(tr) to remove the ovaries, and usually the uterus, from (a female animal)
Word Origin for spay
C15: from Old French espeer to cut with the sword, from espee sword, from Latin spatha
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Medical definitions for spay
[ spā ]
To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.
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