spay

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[ spey ]
/ speɪ /

verb (used with object) Veterinary Medicine.

to remove the ovaries of (an animal).

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Origin of spay

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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 spay

un·spayed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH spay

spade spayed

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Definition for spay (2 of 2)

spay2
[ spey ]
/ speɪ /

noun

a three-year-old male red deer.
Also called spay·ad [spey-uh d] /ˈspeɪ əd/, spay·ard [spey-erd] /ˈspeɪ ərd/.

Origin of spay

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1375–1425; late Middle English < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for spay

spay
/ (speɪ) /

verb

(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

spay
[ spā ]

v.

To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.
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