Word Origin Origin of farrow 2 1485–95; akin to Dutch dialect verwe- (in verwekoe barren cow), Old English fearr ox
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British Dictionary definitions for most-farrow (of a sow) to give birth to (a litter) Word Origin for farrow
fearh; related to Old High German farah young pig, Latin porcus pig, Greek porkos (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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Word Origin and History for most-farrow farrow n.
fearh "young pig," from Proto-Germanic *farkhaz "young pig" (cf. Middle Low German ferken, Dutch varken, both diminutives, Old High German farh, German Ferkel), from PIE *porkos- (see pork (n.)). Sense of "a litter of pigs" first recorded 1570s. As a verb, early 13c.
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