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neuter


adjective

  1. Grammar.
    1. noting or pertaining to a gender that refers to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.
    2. (of a verb) intransitive.
  2. Biology. having no organs of reproduction; without sex; asexual.
  3. Zoology. having imperfectly developed sexual organs, as the worker bees and ants.
  4. Botany. having neither stamens nor pistils; asexual.
  5. neutral; siding with no one.

noun

  1. Grammar.
    1. the neuter gender.
    2. a noun of that gender.
    3. another element marking that gender.
    4. an intransitive verb.
  2. an animal made sterile by castration or spaying.
  3. Zoology. a neuter insect.
  4. a person or thing that is neutral.

verb (used with object)

  1. Veterinary Science. to spay or castrate (a dog, cat, etc.).

adjective

  1. grammar
    1. denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns which for the most part have inanimate referents or do not specify the sex of their referents
    2. (as noun)German “Mädchen” ( meaning “girl” ) is a neuter
  2. (of animals and plants) having nonfunctional, underdeveloped, or absent reproductive organs
  3. sexless or giving no indication of sexa neuter sort of name

noun

  1. a sexually underdeveloped female insect, such as a worker bee
  2. a castrated animal, esp a domestic animal
  3. a flower in which the stamens and pistil are absent or nonfunctional

verb

  1. (tr) to castrate or spay (an animal)

adj.late 14c., of grammatical gender, “neither masculine nor feminine,” from Latin neuter “of the neuter gender,” literally “neither one nor the other,” from ne- “not, no” (see un-) + uter “either (of two)” (see whether). Probably a loan-translation of Greek oudeteros “neither, neuter.” In 16c., it had the sense of “taking neither side, neutral.” v.1903, from neuter (adj.). Originally in reference to pet cats. Related: Neutered; neutering. adj.

  1. Having undeveloped or imperfectly developed sexual organs.
  2. Sexually undeveloped.

n.

  1. A castrated animal.

v.

  1. To castrate or spay.

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