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boar

[bawr, bohr]
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noun
  1. the uncastrated male swine.
  2. wild boar.
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adjective
  1. 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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  • Perhaps the Boar's Head had something to do with it, but certainly the footman had.

  • Aren't you going to give me some of the boar's head with pistachio nuts?

  • If every bear and boar were kept in a den—what a fine world this would be.

  • In hot, sultry weather the boar may be run down by the hounds and captured.

  • The oaths were ratified by the sacrifice of a bull, a wolf , a boar, and a ram over a shield.

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British Dictionary definitions for boar

boar

noun
  1. an uncastrated male pig
  2. See wild boar
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Word Origin

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