farrow

2
[ far-oh ]
/ ˈfær oʊ /

adjective

(of a cow) not pregnant.

Nearby words

  1. farrell, suzanne,
  2. farrest,
  3. farrier,
  4. farriery,
  5. farro,
  6. farruca,
  7. fars,
  8. farseeing,
  9. farsi,
  10. farsighted

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

farrow

1
/ (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

farrow

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for most-farrow

farrow

n.

Old English 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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