Definition of porcine
: of, relating to, or suggesting swine : piggish
Recent Examples of porcine from the Web
My tour of porcine anatomy concluded with the sweetbreads, which are neither sweet nor bread, served with fennel and a dollop of pureed apricot.
Director Bong Joon Ho's uneven movie is about a girl, her giant, adorable pet pig and an evil corporation that wants to separate them — and also to separate our porcine heroine into bacon strips.
Okja is technically a pig but also shares her lineage with hippos, elephants and manatees, the gentle sea cows that largely inspired her not-very-porcine face.
The Twitter world also called this porcine payback.
This is your chance to sleep where a porcine heiress to a billionaire fortune hath slept!
In one, a porcine businessman holds out a medal to a legless soldier dragging himself across a floor.
Researchers showed that the porcine endogenous retrovirus, or PERV, can jump from pig to human cells in test tubes.
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Did You Know?
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.
PORCINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of porcine for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or like a pig
Medical Definition of porcine
: of or derived from swine porcine heterografts
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