\ ˈbȯr How to pronounce boar (audio) \

Definition of boar

1a : an uncastrated male swine
b : the male of any of several mammals (such as a guinea pig)
2 : wild boar

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Other Words from boar

boarish \ ˈbȯr-​ish How to pronounce boarish (audio) \ adjective

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Duszejko files complaint after complaint about the town’s laxly enforced hunting laws, ultimately storming the police station with a fistful of bloody bristles from a poached boar. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 Wildlife include deer, elk, boars, turkeys, quails, doves, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons. Roland Li,, "‘Like your own national park’: Huge California ranch on sale at $72 million," 15 July 2019 Feral swine spread in Oregon mostly through people bringing in exotic European and Russian boars for private hunts. Kyle Spurr, The Seattle Times, "Feral swine population plummets in Oregon," 30 July 2018 In 2013 the government resolved to halve the number of certain types of deer, boars and monkeys by 2023. The Economist, "In Japan, fewer people means more animals," 11 July 2019 Some are in heat and ready to breed with one of the Chinese Meishan boars. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019 The silky, sturdy yet flexible material turned out to be a perfect substitute for expensive and brittle boar bristles. National Geographic, "How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis," 14 June 2019 Japanese officials began slaughtering 6,600 hogs in Toyota City in an attempt to contain classical swine fever, and Denmark planned to fence its border with Germany to guard against boars infected with African swine fever. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Apr. 2019 Wildlife around the Chernobyl site, including boars, wolves, beavers and bison has also grown, according to a 2016 study by the Ecological Society of America., "How Chernobyl, the Biggest Nuclear Disaster in History, Still Affects Ukraine 33 Years Later," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of boar

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for boar

Middle English bor, from Old English bār; akin to Old High German & Old Saxon bēr boar

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English Language Learners Definition of boar

: a male pig
: a wild pig


\ ˈbȯr How to pronounce boar (audio) \

Kids Definition of boar

1 : a male pig
2 : wild boar

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