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tr.v. spayed, spay·ing, spays
To remove surgically the ovaries of (an animal).
[Middle English spaien, from Anglo-Norman espeier, to cut with a sword, from espee, sword, from Latin spatha; see spathe.]
(Veterinary Science) (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]
to remove the ovaries of (an animal).
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French espeïer to cut with a sword (Old French espeer), derivative of espee sword; see épée]
spay- A shortening of a French word espeer, meaning "cut with a sword."
See also related terms for sword.
Past participle: spayed
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|Verb||1.||spay - remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"|