expeditate

transitive verb ex·ped·i·tate \ ekˈspedəˌtāt , ik- \

Definition of expeditate

-ed/-ing/-s
: to cut off three claws or the ball of each forefoot of (a dog) so as to prevent the chasing of deer
  • the mastiffs which were expeditated … were allowed to be kept in the forest without a special license
  • —Nicholas Biddle

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Origin and Etymology of expeditate

Medieval Latin expeditatus, past participle of expeditare, from Latin ex- 1ex- + Medieval Latin -peditare (from Latin ped-, pes foot)


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