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farrow1

[far-oh] /ˈfær oʊ/
noun
1.
a litter of pigs.
verb (used with object)
2.
(of swine) to bring forth (young).
verb (used without object)
3.
to produce a litter of pigs.
Origin of farrow1
900
before 900; Middle English farwen to give birth to a litter of pigs, derivative of Old English fearh pig (cognate with Latin porcus); akin to German Ferkel young pig
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farrow1

/ˈfærəʊ/
noun
1.
a litter of piglets
verb
2.
(of a sow) to give birth to (a litter)
Word Origin
Old English fearh; related to Old High German farah young pig, Latin porcus pig, Greek porkos

farrow2

/ˈfærəʊ/
adjective
1.
(of a cow) not calving in a given year
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch verwe- (unattested) cow that has ceased to bear; compare Old English fearr ox
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Word Origin and History for farrowing

farrow

n.

Old English fearh "young pig," from Proto-Germanic *farkhaz "young pig" (cf. Middle Low German ferken, Dutch varken, both diminutives, Old High German farh, German Ferkel), from PIE *porkos- (see pork (n.)). Sense of "a litter of pigs" first recorded 1570s. As a verb, early 13c.

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