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a. Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.
b. Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs.
a. Having undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs: the neuter caste in social insects.
b. Having pistils and stamens that are nonfunctional or absent.
3. Castrated or spayed. Used of animals.
4. Androgynous or asexual.
1. An androgynous or asexual person.
2. A castrated animal.
3. An insect that has undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs, such as a worker bee.
tr.v. neu·tered, neu·tering, neu·ters
To castrate or spay.
To sterilize a male or female animal surgically.
[L. neither, i.e. neither male nor female]
neuteran organism having nonfunctional or absent sexual parts. In plants, a neuter is one without male and female flower parts (e.g. ray florets of sunflower). A neuter in animals is one that is sexually undeveloped or sterile, for example the female worker in a bee colony, or a castrated or spayed animal.
1. to desex an animal. This has assumed an important role in the management and control of companion animal populations. castration and ovariohysterectomy are the usual procedures.
2. a desexed animal.
3. a castrated male cat.