—hoglike, adj./hawg, hog/, n., v., hogged, hogging.n.1. a hoofed mammal of the family Suidae, order Artiodactyla, comprising boars and swine.2. a domesticated swine weighing 120 lb. (54 kg) or more, raised for market.3. a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person.4. Slang.a. a large, heavy motorcycle.b. an impressively large luxury automobile.a. a sheep about one year old that has not been shorn.b. the wool shorn from such a sheep.c. any of several other domestic animals, as a bullock, that are one year old.6. Railroads Slang. a locomotive.7. a machine for shredding wood.8. Curling. a stone that stops before reaching the hog score.9. go the whole hog, to proceed or indulge completely and unreservedly: We went the whole hog and took a cruise around the world. Also, go whole hog.10. live high off or on the hog, to be in prosperous circumstances. Also, eat high off the hog.v.t.11. to appropriate selfishly; take more than one's share of.12. to arch (the back) upward like that of a hog.13. roach3 (def. 3).14. (in machine-shop practice) to cut deeply into (a metal bar or slab) to reduce it to a shape suitable for final machining.15. to shred (a piece of wood).v.i.16. Naut. (of a hull) to have less than the proper amount of sheer because of structural weakness; arch. Cf. sag (def. 6a).[1300-50; ME; cf. OE hogg- in place-names; perh. < Celtic; cf. Welsh hwch, Cornish hogh swine]
* * *Heavy, fat-producing domesticated pig developed in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century.As the growing use of cheaper vegetable oils decreased the importance of lard as a source of fat, meatpackers sought hogs yielding more lean meat and less fat, and breeders (mostly European) began crossbreeding programs to obtain lean meat and vigorous animals. Today the term hog is often used for any pig weighing more than 120 lbs (54 kg).
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