One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sterilize (a female animal) by removing the ovaries.‘the animals must be spayed or neutered before they are given up for adoption’
castrate, geld, cut, emasculateView synonyms
- ‘We have no by-laws forcing pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs.’
- ‘Nearly 71,000 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered over the four-year period.’
- ‘She estimates that over the years she has picked up as many as 100 strays and had them spayed or neutered.’
- ‘People abandon their pets, and these animals are not spayed or neutered.’
- ‘At least five dogs had died at the Humane Society because of heat conditions there and negligent spaying and neutering.’
- ‘By spaying your cat, you can prevent several unwanted behaviors.’
- ‘Cats are astonishingly effective breeders, and spaying one female can prevent the birth of 36,000 kittens within just five years.’
- ‘Spaying your pet before her first heat will significantly reduce her chances of developing breast cancer later in life.’
- ‘Does the policy cover neutering or spaying costs?’
- ‘The only answer is to have your animal spayed or neutered.’
- ‘You might also want to kindly discuss spaying / neutering with your neighbors.’
- ‘The emphasis on spaying females is critically important.’
- ‘I had my house rabbit spayed a couple of weeks ago.’
- ‘Spaying and neutering ensures that your pet cannot reproduce.’
- ‘I think it's practical to spay and neuter deer to gradually decrease the population.’
Late Middle English: shortening of Old French espeer ‘cut with a sword’, from espee ‘sword’, from Latin spatha (see spathe).
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