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spay

2 [spey]
noun
a three-year-old male red deer.
Also called spayad [spey-uhd] , spayard [spey-erd] .


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < ?

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spay (speɪ)
 
vb
(tr) to remove the ovaries, and usually the uterus, from (a female animal)
 
[C15: from Old French espeer to cut with the sword, from espee sword, from Latin spatha]

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spay
c.1410, "stab with a sword, kill," also "remove the ovaries of," from Anglo-Fr. espeier "cut with a sword," from M.Fr. espeer, from O.Fr. espee "sword" (Fr. épée), from L. spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Gk. spathe "broad blade" (see spade (1)).
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spay (spā)
v. spayed, spay·ing, spays
To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.

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