1 [spey]
verb (used with object) Veterinary Medicine.
to remove the ovaries of (an animal).

1375–1425; late Middle English spayen < Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword (Old French espeer), derivative of espee sword; see épée

unspayed, adjective

spade, spayed. Unabridged


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

1375–1425; late Middle English < ? Unabridged
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spay (speɪ)
(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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
If people would spay and neuter their animals then there might not be such a problem.
He can spay or neuter any of his own dogs as he wishes.
They don't neuter or spay and they end up with litters and litters of puppies that no one wants.
It increased the number of horses that would be returned to the lands and decided not to spay the mares.
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