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bog spavin

noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
See under spavin (def 1).
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35

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
1400-50; late Middle English spaveyne < Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for bog-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 bog-spavin

spavin

n.

disease of the hock joint of a horse, early 15c., from Middle French espavain, perhaps from Frankish *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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