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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

Full Definition of spay

spayed play \ˈspād, ÷ ˈspā-dəd\ spay·ing play \ˈspā-iŋ, ÷ ˈspā-diŋ\

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

Examples of spay

  1. Our cat has been spayed.



Origin 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


Medical Dictionary

spay

play
transitive verb \ˈspā\

Medical Definition of spay

spayedspay·ing

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




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