Middle English Dictionary Entry

sprai n.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A branch, shoot, or twig of a tree, shrub, or vine; a switch; also fig.; also, a branch as a symbol of victory, strength, or prowess [quots. c1440 & c1450, 2nd]; ivi ~; (b) leafy branches and twigs collectively, foliage [quots. c1380 & a1500 may belong to (a)]; brushwood, underbrush; new plant growth; also, a place characterized by growing plants [1st quot.]; grene wode ~; (c) a branch of a vein or an artery; an internal bodily duct; (d) in surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem.2.139].

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. spray.