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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”

Other definitions 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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