swine

Definitions

  • There Was a Lady Loved a Swine music
    There Was a Lady Loved a Swine music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swine stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THERE WAS A LADY LOVED A SWINE THERE WAS A LADY LOVED A SWINE
The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.
    • n. sing. & pl Swine (Zoöl) Any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which, when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See Hog. "A great herd of swine ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swine An ungulate non-ruminant quadruped, of the family Suidæ in a broad sense; any hog, pig, sow, or boar; in the plural, these animals collectively. The word is commonly used in the plural, swine, as a collective noun, meaning several individuals of a given species, as of the domestic hog, or several kinds of swinish animals, as the hog, the wart-hog, the peccary, the babirussa, etc. The most important breeds of swine are those originated in England during the present century. Some have been produced by crossing native hogs with China and Italian (Neapolitan) breeds. Among the most prominent are the following: the Berkshires, black pigs, with white on the feet, face, tip of the tail, and occasionally on the arm, and erect ears of medium size; the Essex, black pigs of small to medium size, with small ears at first erect, later drooping; and the Yorkshires, a well-established breed of large and small hogs of white color, resembling the Suffolk breed, also with white skin and small upright ears. Neapolitans represent a breed of rather small Italian swine, seldom bred in the United States. They are described as having a bluish-plum or slaty color, the skin nearly free from hair, and the ears small, standing forward horizontally. The English varieties, especially the Berkshires, are largely bred in the United States, where are also raised a number of native breeds. The Poland-China originated during the present century in Ohio from several breeds, including some so-called China hogs. They are characterized by a dark spotted or black color, small, broad, slightly concave face, and fine, drooping ears. The Duroc-Jersey, of unknown origin, has been bred in New Jersey for many years; they are large red animals with lopped ears. The Chester white originated in Chester county, Pennsylvania. Cheshires and Victorias are white swine, originating in New York State, which do not represent distinct breeds. See cuts under babirussa, boar, Artiodactyla, gyrus, sulcus, mesosternum, peccary, and Potamochærus.
    • n swine A mean, degraded person; a hoggish individual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Swine swīn a well-known quadruped with bristly skin and long snout, fed for its flesh: a pig: pigs collectively
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Quotations

  • George D. Prentice
    George D. Prentice
    “Much smoking kills live men and cures dead swine.”
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra%20Pound
    “I have always thought the suicide should bump off at least one swine before taking off for parts unknown.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.”

Idioms

Cast pearls before swine - If you cast pearls before swine, you offer something of value to someone who doesn't appreciate it- 'swine' are 'pigs'.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swin, AS. swīn,; akin to OFries. & OS. swin, D. zwijn, G. schwein, OHG. swīn, Icel. svīn, Sw. svin, Dan. sviin, Goth. swein,; originally a diminutive corresponding to E. sow,. See Sow (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swín, a pig; Ger. schwein, L. sus, Gr. hys.

Usage

In literature:

Or is the field suffering from swine fever, of which they are the outward manifestation?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 21, 1920" by Various
The following are the officers of the National Chester-White Swine Record Co. for 1883: Hon.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
The guide next led the curiosity-hunters to the so-called House of the Sacred Swine.
"The Story of Ida Pfeiffer and Her Travels in Many Lands" by Anonymous
Moreover, the country had no cattle, swine, fowls, goats, no domestic food animals whatever, no grain but the maize.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
The above objection is well founded; but swine, sheep and poultry eat what is given them.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
You and your imagination, you swine, you!
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
"Jesus of Nazareth - A Biography" by John Mark
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
"The Good Shepherd" by Anonymous
Man must be a colossal swine.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
In youth he was a swine-herd, and afterwards became the patron saint of swine-herds.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
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In poetry:

While, fretting, I must lie alone,
Cursing the powers divine,
That undeservedly have thrown
A pearl unto a swine.
"Songs Set To Music: 18. Set" by Matthew Prior
Let them shrink from your girth,
That has outgrown the pallid days,
When you slept like Circe’s swine,
Or a word in the brain’s way.
"Soldier: Twentieth Century" by Isaac Rosenberg
It is not meet the Christian quire
Shou'd roll in sin, like swine in mire,
And this grand festival abuse,
As if they were as bad as Jews.
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
From swine and swinish drunkards run,
(As erst ran Luke's repentant son)
Unto thy Sire without delay,
Ere by the plague thou'rt swept away.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
You lived in a land horror-haunted,
And wrote with a pen half-divine;
You drank bitter sorrow, undaunted
And cast precious pearls before swine.
"To Poe" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Leisurely flocks and herds,
Cool-eyed cattle that come
Mildly to wonted words,
Swine that in orchards roam,--
A man and his beasts make a man and his home.
"A Saxon Song" by Victoria Sackville-West

In news:

US officials combat public's wariness of swine flu vaccine.
Battle over sporting swine continues.
US responding as if swine flu will be pandemic.
Officials request deer hunters to shoot swine as well .
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources last year banned ownership of animals known as wild boar, feral swine or razorbacks.
Battle over sporting swine continues.
Wine gala to benefit Swine Palace's 2012-2013 Season celebrating Louisiana's Bicentennial .
'Pearls Before Swine' creator brings latest comic collection to Frankfort book fair .
A character from Pearls Before Swine.
Health officials say washing your hands regularly is key to avoiding swine flu.
H1N1 swine flu is less catchy than previous pandemic flu bugs, a household study finds.
Health officials urge caution as swine flu spreads across the country.
New swine flu cases peaked in October but declined since, and have not been widespread in any state for more than a month.
Health officials say swine flu was widespread in only four states last week, indicating the fall wave of illness is still declining.
While the drought of 2012 is acutely felt across the swine industry, most pork producers have pulled back on any expansion or remodeling plans.
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In science:

In many cases, forums, blogs, or wikis are the first source of information when one starts searching for health services like: ”best pediatrics physician in neighbourhood”, ”side effects of rotarix vaccine” or ”the need to vaccinate against swine flu”.
Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain
The failure of the immunization campaign during the swine flu pandemics may serve as an example.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Intersexes in swine: a problem in descriptive anatomy.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Seven swine intersexes with xx chromosome constitution.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Chen, R. Bünger, Intravenous pyruvate prolongs survival during hemorrhagic shock in swine, Am. J.
Effects of pyruvate administration on infarct volume and neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats
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