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spay

play
transitive verb \ˈspā, ÷ ˈspād\

Simple Definition of spay

  • : to remove the sex organs of (a female animal) : to make (a female animal) unable to have babies

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spay

spayed

play \ˈspād, ÷ ˈspā-dəd\

spaying

play \ˈspā-iŋ, ÷ ˈspā-diŋ\
  1. :  to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)

Examples of spay in a sentence

  1. Our cat has been spayed.



Origin and Etymology of spay

Middle English, from Anglo-French espeer to pierce, castrate, from espee sword, from Latin spatha sword — more at spade


First Known Use: 15th century


SPAY Defined for Kids

spay

play
verb \ˈspā\

Definition of spay for Students

spayed

spaying

  1. :  to remove the ovaries of (a female animal) <a spayed cat>




Medical Dictionary

spay

play
transitive verb \ˈspā\

Medical Definition of spay

spayed

;

spaying

  1. :  to remove the ovaries and uterus of (a female animal)




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