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hircine

[ hur-sahyn, -sin ]

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a goat.
  2. having a goatish odor.
  3. lustful; libidinous.


hircine

/ ˈhɜːsaɪn; -sɪn /

adjective

  1. archaic.
    of or like a goat, esp in smell
  2. literary.
    lustful; lascivious


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hircine1

1650–60; < Latin hircīnus of a goat, equivalent to hirc ( us ) goat + -īnus -ine 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hircine1

C17: from Latin hircīnus, from hircus goat

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Example Sentences

Beef suet consists of stearine, margarine, and oleine; mutton and goat suet contain a little hircine.

The professor glared across the room like an infuriated animal, a comparison heightened by his notoriously hircine appearance.

Hircine, hėr′sīn, adj. goat-like: having a strong goatish smell.

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