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[spey] /speɪ/
verb (used with object), Veterinary Medicine
1.
to remove the ovaries of (an animal).
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English spayen < Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword (Old French espeer), derivative of espee sword; see épée
Related forms
unspayed, adjective
Can be confused
spade, spayed.

spay2

[spey] /speɪ/
noun
1.
a three-year-old male red deer.
Also called spayad
[spey-uh d] /ˈspeɪ əd/ (Show IPA),
spayard
[spey-erd] /ˈspeɪ ərd/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < ?
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  • It increased the number of horses that would be returned to the lands and decided not to spay the mares.
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British Dictionary definitions for spay

spay

/speɪ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove the ovaries, and usually the uterus, from (a female animal)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French espeer to cut with the sword, from espee sword, from Latin spatha
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Word Origin and History for spay
v.

early 15c., "stab with a sword, kill," also "remove the ovaries of," from Anglo-French espeier "cut with a sword," from Middle French espeer, from Old French espee "sword" (French épée), from Latin spatha "broad, flat weapon or tool," from Greek spathe "broad blade" (see spade (n.1)).

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spay in Medicine

spay (spā)
v. spayed, spay·ing, spays
To surgically remove the ovaries of an animal.

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