- hirquine (rare)
First attested in its present form in 1650–1660: From Middle English hircyne, from Latin hircīnus (“of a goat”, “goat-scented”); equivalent to hircus (“a male goat”) + -īnus (“-ine”). Cognate with French hircin. Compare caprine, haedine.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɜːsaɪn/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɝsaɪn/, IPA(key): /ˈhɝsɪn/
- (book word, not comparable) Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of goats.
- 1781, Thomas Pennant, History of Quadrupeds, volume 2, page 528:
- They are monſtrouſly fat, and have a moſt hircine ſmell.
- 1838, Hypericaceæ, entry in The Penny Cyclopaedia, Volume 12, page 411,
- Many[plants of family Hypericaceae] are objects of ornament, but they are little cultivated because they have frequently a disagreeable hircine odour.
- 1992, Helge Ingstad, Land of Feast and Famine, page 291:
- People always smiled a little when they looked at Skøieren, and it was surely true that this dog had a most whimsical appearance, practically lost as he was in the depths of his hircine coat of fur.
- 1820, J. J. Virsey, The Natural History of Medicines, Aliments and Poisons, taken from the Kingdoms of Nature, The London Medical and Physical Journal, Volume 44, page 247,
- Linnæus formed seven classes of odours of medicines; namely, the aromatic, fragrant, ambrosiac, alliaceous, hircine, fetid, and nauseous.
- Possessed of an odour reminiscent of goats.
- Libidinous; lustful.
- (pertaining to goats): hircic, (archaic, rare) hircose, caprine, (poetic, rare) goaten, goatish, goaty
- (goat-scented): goaty, (botany and zoölogy) hircinous, (archaic, rare) hircose
- (excessively desirous): lascivious, libidinous, lustful, lusty
- (mineralogy) A fossil amorphous resin which, when burnt, gives off a pungent, hircinous aroma.
- (hircinous resin): hircite
- “hircine” defined by Dictionary.com Unabridged, © Random House, Inc. 2009
- “hircine” listed in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- “hircine, a. and n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
- “hircine” listed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
- “hircine” defined by WordNet® 3·0, © 2006 by Princeton University