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porcine

[pawr-sahyn, -sin]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to swine.
  2. resembling swine; hoggish; piggish.

Origin of porcine

1650–60; < Latin porcīnus; see pork, -ine1
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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.

    Tante

    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


British Dictionary definitions for porcine

porcine

adjective
  1. 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

adj.

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

porcine in Science

porcine

[pôrsīn′]
  1. Relating to or resembling pigs.
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