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spay

Syllabification: spay
Pronunciation: /spā
 
/

Definition of spay in English:

verb

[with object] (usually be spayed)
Sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries: the animals must be spayed or neutered before they are given up for adoption
More example sentences
  • Spaying your pet before her first heat will significantly reduce her chances of developing breast cancer later in life.
  • By spaying your cat, you can prevent several unwanted behaviors.
  • Nearly 71,000 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered over the four-year period.

Origin

late Middle English: shortening of Old French espeer 'cut with a sword', from espee 'sword', from Latin spatha (see spathe).

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