Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A litter of pigs.
  • transitive v. To give birth to (a litter of pigs).
  • intransitive v. To produce a litter of pigs.
  • adj. Not pregnant. Used of a cow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A litter of piglets.
  • v. To give birth to a (litter of piglets).
  • adj. Not pregnant; not producing young (not calving) in a given season or year; barren.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not producing young in a given season or year; -- said only of cows.
  • n. A litter of pigs.
  • v. To bring forth (young); -- said only of swine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forth, as pigs: said only of swine.
  • Not producing young in a particular season or year: applied to cows only.
  • n. A little pig.
  • n. A litter of pigs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give birth
  • n. the production of a litter of pigs

Etymologies

Ultimately from Old English fearh, pig.
Middle English ferow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English farwen 'piglet' (akin to Dutch varken, Middle Low German ferken, New Low German Farken, New High German Ferkel), diminutive of Old English fearh 'pig', from Proto-Germanic *farhaz (compare Dutch vark 'pig', Old High German farah), from Proto-Indo-European *pórkos (compare Middle Irish orc 'piglet', Latin porcus, Ancient Greek pórkos, Old Church Slavonic prase 'pig, piglet', Lithuanian par̃šas, Kurdish purs), from *perk̑- 'to dig'. (Wiktionary)

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