spay

1
[spey]
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Origin of spay

1
1375–1425; late Middle English spayen < Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword (Old French espeer), derivative of espee sword; see épée
Related formsun·spayed, adjective
Can be confusedspade spayed

spay

2
[spey]
noun
  1. a three-year-old male red deer.

Origin of spay

2
1375–1425; late Middle English < ?
Also called spay·ad [spey-uh d] /ˈspeɪ əd/, spay·ard [spey-erd] /ˈspeɪ ərd/.
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spay

verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for spay
v.

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)).

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spay in Medicine

spay

[spā]
v.
  1. To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.
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