spânz

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Romanian[edit]

Spânz

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From older spînz, from *spîndzu (compare Aromanian spingiu), from Latin spongia (sponge); metaphorically applied to horse diseases, as in Spanish espundia (skin ulcer (in horses)), Sardinian spòngia, ispunzòla (wobbler syndrome); ultimately from Ancient Greek σπογγιά (spongiá). Cf. also Albanian spëndër.

Noun[edit]

spânz m (plural spânzi)

  1. purple hellebore, Christmas rose (Helleborus purpurascens)
  2. horse disease with enlargement of the spleen