spavin

noun
spav·​in | \ ˈspa-vən How to pronounce spavin (audio) \

Definition of spavin

: swelling especially : a bony enlargement of the hock of a horse associated with strain

First Known Use of spavin

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spavin

Middle English spavayne, from Middle French espavin, alteration of Old French esparvains, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sparo sparrow (likened to a lump)

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“Spavin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spavin. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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spavin

noun
spav·​in | \ ˈspav-ən How to pronounce spavin (audio) \

Medical Definition of spavin

: osteorarthritis of the hock of a horse

Other Words from spavin

spavined \ -​ənd How to pronounce spavin (audio) \ adjective

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