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[bawr, bohr] /bɔr, boʊr/
the uncastrated male swine.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, especially full-grown:
a boar cat.
Origin of boar
before 1000; Middle English boor, Old English bār; cognate with Dutch beer, Old High German bêr < West Germanic *baira-, perhaps akin to Welsh baedd
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boar
  • We can't even get rid of the wild boar populations riddling our country.
  • Several times they see wild boar face the pack down.
  • We've seen two big boar grizzlies, thousand pounds each one of them.
  • Look for swordfish carpaccio, chestnut flour tagliatelle with sausage and wild fennel and stuffed wild boar.
  • One boar was so bad the the buzzards would not touch it.
  • Selections include wild-boar sausage scramble, smoked-salmon omelet, and veal and eggs.
  • They are from a wild boar, a favored prey of tigers.
  • One morning, another soldier spotted some boar tracks in the snow.
  • Main dishes include a truly savory dish, and red wild boar with whortleberry sauce.
British Dictionary definitions for boar


an uncastrated male pig
See wild boar
Word Origin
Old English bār; related to Old High German bēr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boar

Old English bar "boar," from West Germanic *bairaz (cf. Old Saxon ber, Dutch beer, Old High German ber), of unknown origin with no cognates outside West Germanic. Applied in Middle English to persons of boar-like character.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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boar in the Bible

occurs only in Ps. 80:13. The same Hebrew word is elsewhere rendered "swine" (Lev. 11:7; Deut. 14:8; Prov. 11:22; Isa. 65:4; 66:3, 17). The Hebrews abhorred swine's flesh, and accordingly none of these animals were reared, except in the district beyond the Sea of Galilee. In the psalm quoted above the powers that destroyed the Jewish nation are compared to wild boars and wild beasts of the field.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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