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farrow

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[ far-oh ]
/ ˈfær oʊ /
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noun

a litter of pigs.

verb (used with object)

(of swine) to bring forth (young).

verb (used without object)

to produce a litter of pigs.

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Origin of farrow

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First recorded 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”

Definition for farrow (2 of 2)

farrow2
[ far-oh ]
/ ˈfær oʊ /

adjective

(of a cow) not pregnant.

Origin of farrow

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1485–95; akin to Dutch dialect verwe- (in verwekoe barren cow), Old English fearr ox
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British Dictionary definitions for farrow (1 of 2)

farrow1
/ (ˈfærəʊ) /

noun

a litter of piglets

verb

(of a sow) to give birth to (a litter)

Word Origin for farrow

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

British Dictionary definitions for farrow (2 of 2)

farrow2
/ (ˈfærəʊ) /

adjective

(of a cow) not calving in a given year

Word Origin for farrow

C15: from Middle Dutch verwe- (unattested) cow that has ceased to bear; compare Old English fearr ox
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