por·​cine | \ ˈpȯr-ˌsīn How to pronounce porcine (audio) \

Definition of porcine

: of, relating to, or suggesting swine : piggish

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Pigs are rarely given credit for their high intelligence or their friendliness as pets, but instead are mocked for their habit of cooling themselves in mud puddles and the aggressive way they often go after food. While porcine isn't as negative a term as swinish, it may describe things that are fat, greedy, pushy, or generally piggish—but primarily fat. Porky Pig and Miss Piggy aren't particularly porcine in their behavior, only in their appearance—that is, pink and pudgy.

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And there are grafts that make use of cadaver tissue or porcine tissue (collected from pigs), which are generally reserved for more severe cases, Papapanou says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019 As Spider-Man, a Brooklyn teenager named Miles Morales fights bad guys with a team of Spideys from other periods, including the porcine Spider-Ham. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Movies to See This Holiday Season," 17 Nov. 2018 Otto, for instance, is pursued by the Pigman, a half-human, half-porcine podcaster (Ryan Wesley Stinnett) who drops by, usually uninvited, with Missy (ToniAnne DiFilippo), his helmet-wearing assistant. New York Times, "Review: More Than the Couples Are Odd in ‘The Hollower’," 25 May 2018 After a half dozen accidental hits on the electric fence involving squealing, indignant snorting and porcine stomping, Bray went to a corner of the fence that didn’t have hogwire. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Snout snorting, belly-dragging 350 pounds of pig evades efforts to corral his grouchy porcine persona," 26 Mar. 2018 Due west, Tacos Los Güichos, a truck famous for its evening al pastor spit, opens around 8 a.m. to feed crowds clamoring for Mexico City-style carnitas, minimally seasoned to highlight the porcine musk. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Carnitas Operation Has Turned the Pork Taco Into an Art Form," 8 June 2018 The menu’s porcine selection, roasted pork collar, arrived too red and rare, and, though tender, revealed little distinctive flavor. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Downtown gets a new French accent from Chez Hugo bistro," 20 Apr. 2018 Ibérico ham is the beluga caviar of the porcine world. The Economist, "Mis-labelled Ibérico ham makes Spanish foodies squeal," 19 Apr. 2018 Baby pigs on farms are especially vulnerable to illness, and one particular disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, causes exactly the symptoms the piglets were having—vomiting, severe diarrhea, death from dehydration, and stress. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Race to Find the Next Pandemic—Before It Finds Us," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of porcine

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porcine

Latin porcinus, from porcus pig — more at farrow

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English Language Learners Definition of porcine

formal : of, relating to, or like a pig


por·​cine | \ ˈpȯr-ˌsīn How to pronounce porcine (audio) \

Medical Definition of porcine

: of or derived from swine porcine heterografts

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