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farrow1

[far-oh]
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noun
  1. a litter of pigs.
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verb (used with object)
  1. (of swine) to bring forth (young).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to produce a litter of pigs.
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Origin of farrow1

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

farrow2

[far-oh]
adjective
  1. (of a cow) not pregnant.
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Origin of farrow2

1485–95; akin to Dutch dialect verwe- (in verwekoe barren cow), Old English fearr ox
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  • Catherine came in shortly and saw what Nurse Farrow was doing.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • "It always does," smiled Farrow as cheerfully as if I hadn't ruined their possessions.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Farrow turned her car into the main highway and we went along it.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • "It did, Steve," said Farrow, who had been following my mental ramblings.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • On the other hand, the damage to Farrow's body was really minor.

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    George Oliver Smith


British Dictionary definitions for farrow

farrow1

noun
  1. a litter of piglets
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verb
  1. (of a sow) to give birth to (a litter)
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Word Origin

Old English fearh; related to Old High German farah young pig, Latin porcus pig, Greek porkos

farrow2

adjective
  1. (of a cow) not calving in a given year
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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 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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