χοῖρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Hellenic *kʰóřřos, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰóryos (pig) (whence Proto-Albanian *darja and Albanian derr), from *ǵʰḗr (hedgehog) + *-yos.

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Noun[edit]

χοῖρος (khoîrosm (genitive χοίρου); second declension

  1. a pig, especially a young one.
    • 446 BCE – 386 BCE, Aristophanes, The Archarnians 521:
      κεἴ που σίκυον ἴδοιεν ἢ λαγῴδιον
      χοιρίδιον ἢ σκόροδον ἢ χόνδρους ἅλας,
      ταῦτ᾽ ἦν Μεγαρικὰ κἀπέπρατ᾽ αὐθημερόν.
      keí pou síkuon ídoien ḕ lagṓidion
      khoirídion ḕ skórodon ḕ khóndrous hálas,
      taût᾽ ên Megarikà kapéprat᾽ authēmerón.
      And if they see a cucumber or a young hare
      or a piglet or a clove of garlic or a granule of salt,
      They would shout "Megarian!" and take it all away.
  2. (generally) swine
  3. (slang) (vulgar) female genitalia, especially those belonging to a young woman
    • 446 BCE – 386 BCE, Aristophanes, The Archarnians 782–783:
      νῦν γε χοῖρος φαίνεται.
      ἀτὰρ ἐκτραφείς γε κύσθος ἔσται.
      nûn ge khoîros phaínetai.
      atàr ektrapheís ge kústhos éstai.
      Now it looks like a pussy.
      But once it's been reared, it'll be a cunt.
  4. a fish of the Nile

Usage notes[edit]

  • For the semantic shift of “pig” to “female genitalia”, compare the same Latin use of porcus.

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