porcine

adjective
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.

Examples of porcine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors have been using porcine heart valves to replace damaged ones in humans since the 1960s. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, 5 June 2020 On the health front (and on the pig front again) my stomach churned at the idea that many baby vaccines contain a porcine carrier. Aneesa Bodiat, New York Times, 12 May 2020 This is consistent with experimental studies of porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV). Quanta Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 The eatery, which reopens Friday in Philly's Fishtown neighborhood, doesn’t look special, other than the prominent chalk menu board and a notable focus on porcine decorations, including the signature Romulus and Remus art. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2020 Such exchanges are, however, no different in principle from the risks of large-scale pig farming: Intensive biosecurity is as much to prevent the pigs acquiring viruses from humans as to protect humans from porcine viruses. Robert Dingwall, Wired, 29 Jan. 2020 But as Jim Robbins reports for the New York Times, these porcine menaces are spreading. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 18 Dec. 2019 In the first film, peaceful flightless birds battled the invasion of an ingratiating porcine population, led by Leonard (Bill Hader), who had the ulterior motive of stealing their eggs for food. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2019 In the first film, peaceful flightless birds battled the invasion of an ingratiating porcine population, led by Leonard (voiced by Bill Hader), who had the ulterior motive of stealing their eggs for food. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2019

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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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“Porcine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porcine. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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porcine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of porcine

formal : of, relating to, or like a pig

porcine

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

Medical Definition of porcine

: of or derived from swine porcine heterografts

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