swinelike, adj.
/swuyn/, n., pl. swine.
1. any stout, cloven-hoofed artiodactyl of the Old World family Suidae, having a thick hide sparsely covered with coarse hair, a disklike snout, and an often short, tasseled tail: now of worldwide distribution and hunted or raised for its meat and other products. Cf. hog, pig, wild boar.
2. the domestic hog, Sus scrofa.
3. a coarse, gross, or brutishly sensual person.
4. a contemptible person.
[bef. 900; ME; OE swin; c. G Schwein hog, L suinus (adj.) porcine; akin to SOW2]

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      any stout-bodied, short-legged omnivorous mammal with a long, mobile snout and small tail belonging to the family Suidae. Both the domestic pig and its wild relatives are included. Swine originated in the Old World. The typical genus Sus is exemplified by the domesticated pig and the wild boar. See boar; pig; suid.

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