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sweeny

[ swee-nee ]
/ ˈswi ni /
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noun Veterinary Pathology.
atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.
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Also swin·ney [swin-ee] /ˈswɪn i/ .

Origin of sweeny

An Americanism first recorded in 1820–30; compare dialectal German Schweine, Pennsylvania Dutch Schwinne “atrophy,” Old English swindan “to pine away, disappear”
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British Dictionary definitions for sweeny

sweeny
/ (ˈswiːnɪ) /

noun
vet science a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury

Word Origin for sweeny

C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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