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- (UK) IPA(key): /kæs.ˈtɹeɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæs.tɹeɪt/
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castrate (plural castrates)
- A castrated man; a eunuch.
- 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
- The castrate voice had a strange power not duplicated by soprano or countertenor.
- (transitive) To remove the testicles of a person or animal.
- 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 129:
- If the priests of Diana of Ephesus castrated themselves and offered their genitals on the altar, it was because the phallus was the symbol of the dying body.
- (transitive) To remove the ovaries and/or uterus of an animal.
- (transitive, figurative) To take something from; to render imperfect or ineffectual.
- geld (generally used only for animals, especially horses)
- spay f / neuter (generally used only for animals, especially pets)
- sterilize (used for all species and for both genders)
remove the testicles of
castrate f pl