from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany: The removal of anthers in the artificial crossing of plants.
  • noun The destruction of the pollen in the anthers of certain flowers by parasitic fungi, as in the case of Lychnis dioica and other silenaceous plants attacked by the smut, Ustilago violacea.
  • noun The act of castrating, or state of being castrated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of castrating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of removing the testicles.
  • noun figuratively Any act that removes power from a person (particularly a man) or entity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
  • noun surgical removal of the testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone secretion in cases of breast cancer in women or prostate cancer in men)
  • noun neutering a male animal by removing the testicles


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  • The ovaries are the female gonads the testicles are the male gonads. Removal of the ovaries is female castration and removal of the testicles is male castration. Educate girls, women, boys and men about the 500,000 women who are needlessly castrated every year in the USA.

    January 1, 2012