[ far-oh ]
/ ˈfær oʊ /


a litter of pigs.

verb (used with object)

(of swine) to bring forth (young).

verb (used without object)

to produce a litter of pigs.

Origin of farrow

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
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Examples from the Web for farrowing

  • The brood sows are placed in separate pens at farrowing time and watched carefully when giving birth to the pigs.

  • In ordinary cases this is not necessary, the farrowing of a litter of pigs is a simple and natural operation.

    The Pig|Sanders Spencer
  • One of the chief causes of trouble with the farrowing sow arises from the sow not having been allowed to take sufficient exercise.

    The Pig|Sanders Spencer

British Dictionary definitions for farrowing (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfærəʊ) /


a litter of piglets


(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 farrowing (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfærəʊ) /


(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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