/spay"doh/, n., pl. spadones /spay doh"nayz, speuh-/.
1. Civil Law. an impotent person; someone unable to procreate.
2. a castrated man or animal.
[1400-50; late ME < L spado < Gk spádon eunuch; akin to spân to tear off]

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  • SPADO — Graecis Σπάδων, ἀπὸ τȏυ ςπᾷν, i. e. ab avellendo, sicut et spadix, de qua voce modo dictum, idem cum Eunucho est, quam vocem vide. A castrato in eo differt, quod huic colis et testes, illi testes solum, aut nervi, e quibus hi pendent, eslent… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Spado — Spa do, n.; pl. {Spadones}. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] 1. Same as {Spade}, 2. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) An impotent person. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spado — (lat.), ein Entmannter, ein durch Zerstörung der Zeugungsorgane seines Zeugungsvermögens beraubter Mann; vgl. Castrat u. Eunuch. Daher Spadonisch, entmannt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Spado — (lat.), ein Verschnittener, Eunuch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Spado — Spado, lat., Verschnittener, Eunuch …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • spadō- — *spadō , *spadōn, *spada , *spadan germ., Substantiv: nhd. Spaten ( Maskulinum); ne. spade; Rekontruktionsbasis: ae., afries., as., ahd.; Etymologie: s. ing. *spē …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • Spado — Spa|do der; , ...onen <aus gleichbed. lat. spado, Gen. spadonis zu gr. spádōn »der, dem die Zeugungsteile herausgerissen sind«> (veraltet) Verschnittener, Kastrat …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • spado — n. [Gr. spadon, a eunuch] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In hymenopteran bees and ants, a worker or neuter individual …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • spado — noun Someone who has been castrated; a eunuch or castrato. an impotency, or total privation thereof, prolongeth life; and they live longest in every kind that exercise it not at all. And this is true, not only in eunuchs by nature, but spadoes by …   Wiktionary

  • spado — spa·do || speɪdəʊ n. impotent person; animal that is castrated; person who cannot procreate (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

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