Crossword clues for spavin
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spavin \Spav"in\, n. [OE. spaveyne, OF. esparvain, F.
['e]parvin; akin to OF. espervier a sparrow hawk, F.
['e]pervier, fr. OHG. sparw[=a]ri (G. sperber), fr. OHG.
sparo sparrow, because this disease makes the horse raise the
infirm leg in the manner of a sparrow hawk or sparrow. See
A disease of horses characterized by a bony swelling
developed on the hock as the result of inflammation of the
bones; also, the swelling itself. The resulting lameness is
due to the inflammation, and not the bony tumor as popularly
Bog spavin, a soft swelling produced by distention of the capsular ligament of the hock; -- called also blood spavin.
Bone spavin, spavin attended with exostosis; ordinary spavin.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
disease of the hock joint of a horse, early 15c., from Middle French espavain (Modern French épavin, cognate with Italian spavenio, Spanish esparavan); in most sources said to be perhaps from Frankish *sparwan "sparrow" (see sparrow), on the supposition that a horse affected with spavin moved with a walk that reminded people of the bird's awkward gait. This seems a stretcher, and Century Dictionary admits it rests on mere resemblance of form.
n. A disease of horses characterized by a bony swelling developed on the hock as the result of inflammation of the bones.
n. a swelling of the hock joint of a horse; resulting in lameness
Spavin is a condition in livestock. It may refer to:
- Bone spavin, a type of osteoarthritis that often causes lameness
- Bog spavin, a swelling condition that does not cause lameness, but may be produced by something that does
Usage examples of "spavin".
Pearlie started laughing again, Smoke swung down from the saddle, exhausted by a long night ride to reach the herd as soon as he could, resting his Palouse more often on the return trip to spare it any bog spavins or other lameness.
From every side Worlington Dodds heard of yearlings, of windgalls, of roarers, of spavins, of cribsuckers, of a hundred other terms which were as unintelligible to him as his own Stock Exchange jargon would have been to the company.