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.

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  • 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

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

Ultimately from Old English fearh, pig.
Middle English ferow.

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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'.

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