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castrate Line breaks: cas|trate
Pronunciation: /kaˈstreɪt/
/ˈkastreɪt/

Definition of castrate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Remove the testicles of (a male animal or man).
Example sentences
  • Male calves were castrated either at birth, at time of initial vaccination, or at weaning.
  • At birth, calves were identified with a numbered ear tag, they were weighed, sex was recorded, and male calves were castrated.
  • Nine cats were castrated males; three cats were females: two of them were spayed.
Synonyms
neuter, geld, cut, emasculate, desex, sterilize, unman, remove the testicles of;
North American & Australian alter
informaldoctor, fix
rareevirate, caponize, eunuchize
1.1Deprive of power, vitality, or vigour: a restrictive classicism would have castrated England’s literature

noun

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A man or male animal whose testicles have been removed: young human castrates, or eunuchs
More example sentences
  • Historians interested in the development of musical castrati in Europe often point to Islamic Spain as the source of early castrates and the medieval practice of castration.
  • Agueda Yzquierdo, for instance, could recall the castration of Juan de Aleson, the full castrate who later married Maria de Legaria.
  • Pope Sixtus V unequivocally prohibited marriage to castrates in 1587 when he responded to the Spanish papal nuncio's question about several women in Madrid who had married eunuchs.

Derivatives

castrator

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Although their roles as parasitic castrators has been documented, relatively little is known about the biology of ciliate parasites in mayflies.
  • Indeed, some parasites are castrators, completely destroying the host's reproductive machinery.

Origin

Mid 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as castration): from Latin castrare.

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