Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A young pig just after weaning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See shote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A young hog. Same as shote.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A young, newly-weaned pig.
  • noun A geep, a sheep-goat hybrid (whether artificially produced or the result of animals from these species naturally intermating).

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

  • noun a young pig

Etymologies

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

[Middle English shote, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.]

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Of unknown origin. Perhaps cognate with West Flemish schote ‘young piglet’.

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Blend of sheep and goat

Examples

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  • There is your dinner, friend, the pork of slaves.

    Our fat shoats are all eaten by the suitors

    —Fitzgerald's translation of Odyssey book 14

    April 11, 2009

  • "Also there were sundry inquiries from private persons, such as the Delacey brothers, Cedric and Fitzroy, who wished to know the plans for the Meeker dogs and a certain Hampshire shoat among the livestock."

    Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright, p 202 of the 2002 hardcover edition

    July 12, 2011