A castrated male horse. The equine equivalent of a eunuch. Not a stallion.

The word is also used as a metaphor for something or someone which has been deprived of power or virility.

Geld"ing (?), n. [Icel. gelding a gelding, akin to geldingr wether, eunuch, Sw. galling gelding, Dan. gilding eunuch. See Geld, v. t.]

A castrated animal; -- usually applied to a horse, but formerly used also of the human male.

They went down both into the water, Philip and the gelding, and Philip baptized him. Wyclif (Acts viii. 38).

 

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Geld"ing, p. pr. a. & vb. n..

from Geld, v. t.

 

© Webster 1913.

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