Neuter



[noo-ter, nyoo-] /ˈnu tər, ˈnyu-/

adjective
1.
Grammar.

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
6.
Grammar.

7.
an animal made sterile by castration or spaying.
8.
Zoology. a neuter insect.
9.
a person or thing that is neutral.
verb (used with object)
10.
Veterinary Science. to spay or (a dog, cat, etc.).
/ˈnjuːtə/
adjective
1.
(grammar)

2.
(of animals and plants) having nonfunctional, underdeveloped, or absent reproductive organs
3.
sexless or giving no indication of sex: a neuter sort of name
noun
4.
a sexually underdeveloped female insect, such as a worker bee
5.
a castrated animal, esp a domestic animal
6.
a flower in which the stamens and pistil are absent or nonfunctional
verb
7.
(transitive) 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.

neuter neu·ter (nōō’tər, nyōō’-)
adj.

n.
A castrated animal. v. neu·tered, neu·ter·ing, neu·ters
To castrate or spay.

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