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blood spavin

noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
See under spavin (def 1).

spavin

[spav-in] /ˈspæv ɪn/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
a disease of the hock joint of horses in which enlargement occurs because of collected fluids (bog spavin) bony growth (bone spavin) or distention of the veins (blood spavin)
2.
an excrescence or enlargement so formed.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English spaveyne < Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for blood-spavin

spavin

/ˈspævɪn/
noun
1.
(vet science) enlargement of the hock of a horse by a bony growth (bony spavin) or fluid accumulation in the joint (bog spavin), usually caused by inflammation or injury, and often resulting in lameness
Word Origin
C15: from Old French espavin, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for blood-spavin
spavin
disease of the hock joint of a horse, 1426, from M.Fr. espavain, probably from Frank. *sparwan "sparrow" (see sparrow), so called perhaps from comparison of the bird's awkward gait to that of a horse affected with spavin.
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