from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, including pigs, hogs, and boars, having a stout body with thick skin, a short neck, and a movable snout.
- n. A person regarded as brutish or contemptible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae.
- n. A contemptible person (plural swines).
- n. Plural form of sow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which, when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See hog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ungulate non-ruminant quadruped, of the family Suidæ in a broad sense; any hog, pig, sow, or boar; in the plural, these animals collectively.
- n. A mean, degraded person; a hoggish individual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
The term swine flu hurt the pork industry so much that they pushed for a name change and got it.
Incidentally, the term swine flu which a lot of people use is a misnomer.
The World Health Organization says it's dropping the term swine flu to refer to the virus officially now known as the H1N1 influenza.
The term swine-plague should not be used in speaking of outbreaks of hog-cholera, as it is now considered a form of hog-cholera involving especially the lungs.
Also, because the pork lobby has loudly objected to the term swine flu, all federal health officials are required to refer to it as pandemic H1N1 or 2009 H1N1.
The government, under pressure from pork producers, urged the media to drop the term swine flu and instead refer to the virus by using the specific virus strain, H1N1.
Although the term swine is usually applied only to the domesticated animal, it actually covers all members of the family Suidae.
Try typing in "swine" into Google and Yahoo image searches, then do the same for "swine flu", and you'll see how Google treats the two searches very differently from each other, but Yahoo treats them nearly the same.
U.S. officials say they may abandon the term swine flu, for fear it’s confusing people into thinking they could catch it from pork, which is flat-out wrong…
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