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farrow

1 [far-oh]
noun
1.
a litter of pigs.
verb (used with object)
2.
(of swine) to bring forth (young).
verb (used without object)
3.
to produce a litter of pigs.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English farwen to give birth to a litter of pigs, derivative of Old English fearh pig (cognate with Latin porcus); akin to German Ferkel young pig

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farrow

2 [far-oh]
adjective
(of a cow) not pregnant.

Origin:
1485–95; akin to Dutch dialect verwe- (in verwekoe barren cow), Old English fearr ox

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farrow1 (ˈfærəʊ)
 
n
1.  a litter of piglets
 
vb
2.  (of a sow) to give birth to (a litter)
 
[Old English fearh; related to Old High German farah young pig, Latin porcus pig, Greek porkos]

farrow2 (ˈfærəʊ)
 
adj
(of a cow) not calving in a given year
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch verwe- (unattested) cow that has ceased to bear; compare Old English fearr ox]

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farrow
O.E. fearh, from P.Gmc. *farkhaz "young pig" (cf. M.L.G. ferken, Du. varken, both dim.), from PIE *porkos- (see pork). Sense of "a litter of pigs" first recorded 1577.
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