noun, plural swine.
any stout, cloven-hoofed artiodactyl of the Old World family Suidae, having a thick hide sparsely covered with coarse hair, a disklike snout, and an often short, tasseled tail: now of worldwide distribution and hunted or raised for its meat and other products.
Compare hog, pig1 , wild boar.
the domestic hog, Sus scrofa.
a coarse, gross, or brutishly sensual person.
a contemptible person.
(pl) swines. a coarse or contemptible person
(pl) swine another name for a pig
(Heb. hazir), regarded as the most unclean and the most abhorred of all animals (Lev. 11:7; Isa. 65:4; 66:3, 17; Luke 15:15, 16). A herd of swine were drowned in the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:32, 33). Spoken of figuratively in Matt. 7:6 (see Prov. 11:22). It is frequently mentioned as a wild animal, and is evidently the wild boar (Arab. khanzir), which is common among the marshes of the Jordan valley (Ps. 80:13).
see: cast pearls before swine
noun, Veterinary Pathology. 1. hog cholera. noun 1. an infectious viral disease of pigs, characterized by fever, refusal to eat, weight loss, and diarrhoea US term hog cholera
noun, Pathology. 1. a highly contagious form of influenza caused by infection with a filterable virus first isolated from swine. swine flu (swīn) A highly contagious form of influenza seen in swine, caused by a virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae. The infection is communicable to humans and caused a worldwide epidemic in 1918.
noun 1. a person who tends swine. noun 1. (archaic) a person who looks after pigs
- Swine influenza
swine influenza n. A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine. Also called swine flu.