- of, relating to, or resembling a goat.
- having a goatish odor.
- lustful; libidinous.
Origin of hircine
1650–60; < Latin hircīnus of a goat, equivalent to hirc(us) goat + -īnus -ine1
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Hircine, hėr′sīn, adj. goat-like: having a strong goatish smell.
- archaic of or like a goat, esp in smell
- literary lustful; lascivious
Word Origin for hircine
C17: from Latin hircīnus, from hircus goat
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"goat-like," 1650s, from Latin hircinus "pertaining to a goat," from hircus "he-goat, buck," probably related to hirsutus "shaggy" (see hirsute).
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