farrow

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From Middle English farwen (piglet) (akin to Dutch varken (pig), Middle Low German ferken, New Low German Farken, New High German Ferkel), diminutive of Old English fearh (pig), from Proto-Germanic *farhaz (compare Dutch var (male pig; boar), Old High German farah), from Proto-Indo-European *pórḱos (compare Middle Irish orc (piglet), Latin porcus, Ancient Greek pórkos, Proto-Slavic *porsę (pig, piglet), Lithuanian par̃šas, Kurdish purs), from *perḱ- (to dig).

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farrow (plural farrows)

  1. A litter of piglets.

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farrow (third-person singular simple present farrows, present participle farrowing, simple past and past participle farrowed)

  1. To give birth to a (litter of piglets).

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farrow (not comparable)

  1. (of cows) Not pregnant; not producing young (not calving) in a given season or year; barren.

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