neuter

[noo-ter, nyoo-]
adjective
1.
Grammar.
a.
noting or pertaining to a gender that refers to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.
b.
(of a verb) intransitive.
2.
Biology. having no organs of reproduction; without sex; asexual.
3.
Zoology. having imperfectly developed sexual organs, as the worker bees and ants.
4.
Botany. having neither stamens nor pistils; asexual.
5.
neutral; siding with no one.
noun
6.
Grammar.
a.
the neuter gender.
b.
a noun of that gender.
c.
another element marking that gender.
d.
an intransitive verb.
7.
an animal made sterile by castration or spaying.
8.
Zoology. a neuter insect.
9.
a person or thing that is neutral.
verb (used with object)
10.
Veterinary Science. to spay or castrate (a dog, cat, etc.).

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin neuter neither (of two), equivalent to ne not + uter either (of two); replacing Middle English neutre < Middle French < Latin, as above

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neuter (ˈnjuːtə)
 
adj
1.  grammar
 a.  denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns which for the most part have inanimate referents or do not specify the sex of their referents
 b.  (as noun): German ``Mädchen'' (meaning ``girl'') is a neuter
2.  (of animals and plants) having nonfunctional, underdeveloped, or absent reproductive organs
3.  sexless or giving no indication of sex: a neuter sort of name
 
n
4.  a sexually underdeveloped female insect, such as a worker bee
5.  a castrated animal, esp a domestic animal
6.  a flower in which the stamens and pistil are absent or nonfunctional
 
vb
7.  (tr) to castrate or spay (an animal)
 
[C14: from Latin, from ne not + uter either (of two)]

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Word Origin & History

neuter
late 14c., of grammatical gender, "neither masculine nor feminine," from L. neuter, lit. "neither one nor the other," from ne- "not, no" (see un-) + uter "either (of two);" probably a loan-translation of Gk. oudeteros "neither, neuter." In 16c., it had the sense of "taking neither
side, neutral." The verb is 1903, from the adj., originally in ref. to pet cats.
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Medical Dictionary

neuter neu·ter (nōō'tər, nyōō'-)
adj.

  1. Having undeveloped or imperfectly developed sexual organs.

  2. Sexually undeveloped.

n.
A castrated animal. v. neu·tered, neu·ter·ing, neu·ters
To castrate or spay.
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Example sentences
Trap, neuter, release has not been proved to reduce the number of feral cats.
The same verb is frequently used indiscriminately either in the active or transitive, or in the neuter or intransitive sense.
Experts attribute the decline in large part to aggressive spay and neuter programs initiated by shelters and humane societies.
They don't neuter or spay and they end up with litters and litters of puppies that no one wants.
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