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Dec 16, 2016
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spavined

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spavined

PRONUNCIATION:
(SPAV-ind)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Suffering from spavin, a disease involving swelling of hock joints in a horse. 2. Old; decrepit; broken-down.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French espavain (swelling). Earliest documented use: 1430.

USAGE:
“If they ever praise each other’s bad drawings, or broken-winded novels, or spavined verses, nobody ever supposed it was from admiration; it was simply a contract between themselves and a publisher or dealer.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes; The Long Jolt on Public Opinion; The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table; 1858.

See more usage examples of spavined in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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