Spur fowl (Zoöl.), any one of several species of Asiatic gallinaceous birds of the genus Galloperdix,
allied to the jungle fowl. The males have two or more spurs on each leg. Spur gear (Mach.), a
cogwheel having teeth which project radially and stand parallel to the axis; a spur wheel. Spur gearing,
gearing in which spur gears are used. See under Gearing. Spur pepper. (Bot.) See the Note
under Capsicum. Spur wheel. Same as Spur gear, above.
(Spur), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spurred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spurring.]
1. To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.
2. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to
instigate; to impel; to drive.
Love will not be spurred to what it loathes.Shak.
3. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
(Spur), v. i. To spur on one' horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward
in any pursuit. "Now spurs the lated traveler." Shak.
The Parthians shall be there,Dryden.
And, spurring from the fight, confess their fear.
The roads leading to the capital were covered with multitudes of yeomen, spurring hard to Westminster.Macaulay.
Some bold men, . . . by spurring on, refine themselves.Grew.
(Spur"gall`) n. A place galled or excoriated by much using of the spur.
(Spur"gall`), v. t. To gall or wound with a spur.
(Spurge) v. t. [Etymol. uncertain.] To emit foam; to froth; said of the emission of yeast from
beer in course of fermentation. [Obs.] W. Cartright.
Spurge flax, an evergreen shrub (Daphne Gnidium) with crowded narrow leaves. It is native of Southern
Europe. Spurge laurel, a European shrub (Daphne Laureola) with oblong evergreen leaves.
Spurge nettle. See under Nettle. Spurge olive, an evergreen shrub (Daphne oleoides) found in
the Mediterranean region.
(Spurge), n. [OF. espurge, F. épurge, from OF. espurgier to purge, L. expurgare. See Expurgate,
Purge.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Euphorbia. See Euphorbia.
(Spurge"wort`) n. (Bot.) Any euphorbiaceous plant. Lindley.
(Spur"ging) n. [See 2d Spurge.] A purging. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Spu"ri*ous) a. [L. spurius.]
1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; false; adulterate.
2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. "Her spurious firstborn." Milton.
Spurious primary, or Spurious quill (Zoöl.), the first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much
reduced in size, as in certain singing birds. Spurious wing (Zoöl.), the bastard wing, or alula.
Syn. Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious; fictitious; bastard.