Definition of spavin
: swelling; especially : a bony enlargement of the hock of a horse associated with strain
Origin and Etymology of spavin
Middle English spavayne, from Medieval French espavin, alteration of Old French esparvains, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sparo sparrow (likened to a lump)
First Known Use: 15th century
Learn More about spavin
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up spavin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).