por·cine | \ˈpȯr-ˌsīn \

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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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 And 4-year-old Bray-Bray, as his human calls him, is among the most strong-willed of porcine units. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pig detente: Mischievous Bray stays in the fence — sort of," 6 Apr. 2018 Image 2) 6 P.M. PIG OUT If cooking is an art form, then the mind-bending dishes that Jefferson Rueda coaxes from pig parts is a porcine symphony. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "36 Hours in São Paulo," 1 Mar. 2018 And in lab experiments, these porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) tended to leap from pig to human cells. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Pig Cells That Won’t Go Retro," 24 Jan. 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

: of, relating to, or like a pig


por·cine | \ˈpȯr-ˌsīn \

Medical Definition of porcine 

: of or derived from swine porcine heterografts

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