[hur-sahyn, -sin]

Origin of hircine

1650–60; < Latin hircīnus of a goat, equivalent to hirc(us) goat + -īnus -ine1
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  1. archaic of or like a goat, esp in smell
  2. literary lustful; lascivious

Word Origin for hircine

C17: from Latin hircīnus, from hircus goat
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Word Origin and History for hircine

"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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