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boar

[ bawr, bohr ]
/ bɔr, boʊr /
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noun

the uncastrated male swine.

adjective

South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, especially full-grown: a boar cat.

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Origin of boar

before 1000; Middle English boor, Old English bār; cognate with Dutch beer, Old High German bêr < West Germanic *baira-, perhaps akin to Welsh baedd
Can be confusedboar Boer boor bore
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boar

/ (bɔː) /

noun

an uncastrated male pig

Word Origin for boar

Old English bār; related to Old High German bēr
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Word Origin and History for boar

boar


n.

Old English bar "boar," from West Germanic *bairaz (cf. Old Saxon ber, Dutch beer, Old High German ber), of unknown origin with no cognates outside West Germanic. Applied in Middle English to persons of boar-like character.

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