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There are many breeds of domestic swine, as well as wild boars.
A mother pig is called a sow. A baby pig is called a piglet. A male pig is called a boar. A sow can give birth to 8-12 piglets at a time. Some pigs have curly tails and some have straight tails. Some pigs are used to find truffles, a rare mushroom, because their sense of smell is so good. Some pigs can be trained to do tricks like dogs can be trained.
Boar, n. Etym: [OE. bar, bor, bore, AS. bar; akin to OHG. p, MHG. b, G. bär, boar (but not bär bear), and perh. Russ. borov' boar.] (Zoöl.)
Defn: The uncastrated male of swine; specifically, the wild hog.
Defn: a piggin. [written also pigg.]
Pig, n. Etym: [cf. D. big, bigge, lg. bigge, also dan. pige girl, sw.
Piga, icel. pika.]
1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog.
"two pigges in a poke." Chaucer.
Defn: any wild species of the genus sus and related genera.
3. Etym: [cf. Sow a channel for melted iron.]
Defn: an oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See mine pig, under mine.
4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [low] masked pig. (zoöl.) See
-- pig bed (founding), the bed of sand in which the iron from a smelting furnace is cast into pigs.
-- pig iron, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as it comes from the smelting furnace. See pig, 4.
-- pig yoke (naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or sextant.
-- a pig in a poke (that is, bag), a blind bargain; something bought or bargained for, without the quality or the value being known. [colloq.]
Pig, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Pigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Pigging.]
1. To bring forth (pigs); to bring forth in the manner of pigs; to farrow.
2. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
Swine, n.sing. & pl. Etym: [oe. swin, as. swin; akin to ofries. & os.
Swin, d. zwijn, g. schwein, ohg. swin, icel. svin, sw. svin, dan.
Sviin, goth. swein; originally a diminutive corresponding to e. sow.
See sow, n.] (zoöl.)
Defn: any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical
species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which,
when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called
boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See hog. "a great herd of
swine." Mark v. 11.
Swine grass (bot.), knotgrass (polygonum aviculare); -- so called because eaten by swine.
-- swine oat (bot.), a kind of oat sometimes grown for swine.
-- swine's cress (bot.), a species of cress of the genus senebiera (s. Coronopus).
-- swine's head, a dolt; a blockhead. [obs.] Chaucer.
-- swine thistle (bot.), the sow thistle.
In other languages, the word for pig is:
Chamorro: babui - balaku (pig-boar-male)
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Swine - (Heb. hazir ), regarded as the most unclean and the most abhorred of all animals (Leviticus 11:7; Isaiah 65:4; Isaiah 66:3, Isaiah 66:17; Luke 15:15, Luke 15:16). A herd of swine were drowned in the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:32, Luke 8:33). Spoken of figuratively in Matthew 7:6 (see Proverbs 11:22). It is frequently mentioned as a wild animal, and is evidently the wild boar (Arab. khanzir ), which is common among the marshes of the Jordan valley (Psalms 80:13).
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