American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove surgically the ovaries of (an animal).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. The male red-deer or hart in his third year.
- See spae.
- v. transitive To remove or destroy the ovaries (of an animal) in order that it cannot become pregnant.
- n. Rare spelling of spayard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To remove or extirpate the ovaries of, as a sow or a bitch; to castrate (a female animal).
- n. (Zoöl.) The male of the red deer in his third year; a spade.
- v. remove the ovaries of
- See spayard. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English spaien, from Anglo-Norman espeier, to cut with a sword, from espee, sword, from Latin spatha; see spathe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because a spay is an intra-abdominal procedure (we have to go inside the delicate abdomen), it's more complicated.”
“Some shelters are opting for late-term spay -- to abort the entire litter -- so they don't have to euthanize them.”
“Since we also have a third, female cat, I looked up "spay," and it said "enlever les ovaires de," which seems a bit long.”
“She and I had a really good conversation about the pros and cons of the various options (doing nothing, going back on the pill, removing various individual bits of plumbing, or the full "spay").”
“When celebrities lend their name and likeness to a worthy cause such as spay and neuter campaigns or animal welfare legislation, they bring awareness to the general public and hopefully, inspire people to get involved and volunteer at their local shelter.”
“Its cat facilities still get overwhelmed by local cats and kittens, though (no leash laws and enforced spay/neuter laws for cats in Massachusetts).”
“Enforced spay/neuter laws reduced unwanted litters …”
“… People in the New England states say stricter leash laws, harsher winters and spay/neuter laws make it difficult to find an average mutt to make a good pet.”
“The ASPCA is in all five boroughs every single day with our mobile clinics, trying to save animals by providing free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to more than 30,000 cats and dogs every year.”
“We secured the Department of Health's commitment to working to increase the number of licensed dogs in New York City, which will result in more money to fund spay and neuter operations.”
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