spay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spay remove the ovaries of "Is your cat spayed?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spay (Zoöl) The male of the red deer in his third year; a spade.
    • v. t Spay To remove or extirpate the ovaries of, as a sow or a bitch; to castrate (a female animal).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spay To castrate (a female) by extirpating the ovaries. The process corresponds to castration or emasculation of the male, incapacitating the female from breeding, or making her barren. Applied to hens, it corresponds to the caponizing of a cock. It is also practised on other animals, as swine. The animals fatten more readily, and the fiesh is improved. Compare Battey's operation, under operation.
    • n spay The male red-deer or hart in his third year.
    • spay See spae.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Spay spā to make an animal barren by destroying its ovaries
    • Spay Also Spāve
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Armor. spac'hein, spaza, to geld, W. dyspaddu, to geld, L. spado, a eunuch, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

We have always found a ready sale for these when properly spayed for ladies' pets, largely in New York city.
"The Boston Terrier and All About It" by Edward Axtell
Spaying is much more rarely performed than castration.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
To secure a more uniform flow and a richer quality of milk, cows are sometimes spayed, or castrated.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The flesh of the spayed cow is more tender and juicy than that of the natural animal.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
I have spayed with Paris green for the above-mentioned insects; am satisfied that I have checked them.
"The Apple" by Various
Of late years the spaying of the sow pigs has ceased to be general.
"The Pig" by Sanders Spencer
The real Salmon of the Tweed, Tay, and Spay, are delicious, through the quickness of transit.
"Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c." by William Blacker
If she cannot be fatted, then she may be spayed.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
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"The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)" by John Knox
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In poetry:

More wondrous than God's lightning bolts,
The artesian well fills
The sham spays' dry dugs
With love's hypogean milk.
"Artesian Well" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

In news:

All dogs like Maggie adopted through the Greater Derry Humane Society are up to date on all shots and tests, are spayed/neutered and microchipped.
Make sure pets are spayed or neutered.
'Spay Your Mama ' at Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village.
The "Spay Your Mama " program is geared towards individuals with a pregnant female dog or a female dog with her new puppies.
All animals brought in for microchips must be spayed or neutered.
It was designed to spay and neuter just Woods' animals.
Spay and neuter your pets.
0The Spay Neuter Express is a mobile unit coming to Northern Michigan from Lowell down near Grand Rapids.
Low cost spay/ neuter and vaccines at Brownsville event.
Services for this event are limited to spay or neutering , rabies shot and nail trimming.
"We're at a point where most pet owners have spayed and neutered ," says Craig Street's Lynne Scott.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui will hold a one-day, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic for cats on Dec 2 in Central Maui.
More than 13,000 animals are registered in Redford Township, but 85 percent of them have not been spayed or neutered , she said.
Spay/ neuter vouchers offered at Oktoberfest.
The Northland Spay- Neuter Clinic at 2002 West Superior Street is holding an open house on Wednesday.
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