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[pawr-sahyn, -sin] /ˈpɔr saɪn, -sɪn/
of or relating to swine.
resembling swine; hoggish; piggish.
Origin of porcine
1650-60; < Latin porcīnus; see pork, -ine1 Unabridged
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  • Demming closed his eyes in his porcine manner and grunted, "Tell him."

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Arrived at the place, he observed that numbers of his porcine family were there before him.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • Every house here had a colony of the porcine family in its yard.

  • Unworthiness doesn't, I hope, consign us to the porcine category.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • On his return Greybrush found the passage littered with moss and leaves, while porcine snoring resounded throughout the earth.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • There was another uniformed person of porcine girth standing beside that desk and pointing to a map on the wall in front of him.

    Rats in the Belfry John York Cabot
  • After all, were his individual opinions and doubts expressed in a manner forceful enough to diversify him from a porcine apathy?

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • porcine race; prizes—equal, to Messrs. Leherisse and Cullembourg, sixty francs!

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • porcine race; prizes—equal, to Messrs. Lehérissé and Cullembourg, sixty francs!

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for porcine


of, connected with, or characteristic of pigs
Word Origin
C17: from Latin porcīnus, from porcus pig
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Word Origin and History for porcine

early 15c., "pertaining to swine; swinish," from Old French porcin or directly from Latin porcinus "of a hog," from porcus "hog, pig" (see pork (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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porcine in Science
Relating to or resembling pigs.
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