porcus

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porcus fēmina et porculus (a female pig and piglet)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *porkos, from Proto-Indo-European *pórḱos (young swine, young pig). Cognate with Old English fearh (young pig, hog). More at farrow. Compare also Ancient Greek πόρκος (pórkos).

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Noun[edit]

porcus m (genitive porcī); second declension

  1. a piglet, a young pig
  2. (more generally) a pig, hog
  3. Short for porcus marīnus (sea-hog, mereswine, porpoise).
  4. (derogatory) glutton, pig
  5. female genitalia

Usage notes[edit]

  • For the semantic shift of “pig” to “female genitalia”, compare the same Ancient Greek use of χοῖρος (khoîros).

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative porcus porcī
Genitive porcī porcōrum
Dative porcō porcīs
Accusative porcum porcōs
Ablative porcō porcīs
Vocative porce porcī

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References[edit]

  • porcus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • porcus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • porcus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • porcus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

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