pig·​let | \ˈpi-glət \

Definition of piglet 

: a small usually young swine

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Calves, piglets, lambs and other smaller livestock are preferred targets. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 When pork prices collapsed amid a global trade war during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration in 1933 had an idea—slaughter six million piglets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Dust Bowl Economics," 11 July 2018 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The piglets and their mother will be bonding for an undetermined length of time before going on public display at the zoo, Magill said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Newborn warthog piglets doing well and are sort of cute," 4 July 2018 He was born into a farm: his grandparents’ farm in rural Cassatt, South Carolina, where sticky childhood summers were spent chasing piglets through mud. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "The Unmistakable Bryan Furman, Georgia’s New King of Barbecue," 25 June 2018 Five members of a Bay Area animal rights activist group are facing felony charges and up to 60 years in prison after being accused of taking a pair of piglets from an industrial pig farm in Utah. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Piglet heist could land 5 Bay Area activists in prison for 60 years," 22 May 2018 Even though Laura the piglet speaks in oinks and Marina in meows, the two have formed a sweet and inseparable bond. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "15 Interspecies Friendships That Will Bring You Joy," 8 June 2018 The charges come about eight months after unusual raids of two animal sanctuaries in Utah and Colorado by FBI agents, who, witnesses said, sought DNA samples from pigs at the facilities as part of a search for the missing piglets. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Animal rights activists who removed two piglets from factory farm charged after FBI raids," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of piglet

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of piglet

: a baby pig


pig·​let | \ˈpi-glət \

Kids Definition of piglet

: a baby pig

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