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1. Bog spavin.
2. Bone spavin.

[Middle English spaven, from Old French espavain, swelling, perhaps of Germanic origin.]


(Veterinary Science) vet science enlargement of the hock of a horse by a bony growth (bony spavin) or fluid accumulation in the joint (bog spavin), usually caused by inflammation or injury, and often resulting in lameness
[C15: from Old French espavin, of unknown origin]


(ˈspæv ɪn)

1. a disease of the hock joint of horses in which enlargement occurs due to collected fluids, bony growth, or distention of the veins.
2. a growth or enlargement so formed.
[1400–50; late Middle English spaveyne < Old French (e)spavain, esparvain swelling, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spavin - a swelling of the hock joint of a horse; resulting in lameness
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
blood spavin - spavin caused by distension of the veins
bog spavin - spavin caused by collection of fluids
bone spavin - spavin caused by a bony growth


[ˈspævɪn] Nesparaván m


nSpat m
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"And I hope this will be a lesson to you, Spavin," she said, "and that on the next drawing-room day my brother, Sir Pitt, will not be inconvenienced by being obliged to take four of us in his carriage to wait upon His Majesty, because my own carriage is not forthcoming." It appears there had been a difference on the last drawing-room day.
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Damme if I think he meant to turn king's evidence; but he's that sort of bragging fellow, the bragging runs over hedge and ditch with him, till he'd brag of a spavin as if it 'ud fetch money.
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