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[pawr-sahyn, -sin] /ˈpɔr saɪn, -sɪn/
of or relating to swine.
resembling swine; hoggish; piggish.
Origin of porcine
1650-60; < Latin porcīnus; see pork, -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for porcine
  • Hand-sculpted pigs in lifelike shades of porcine pink stand, their legs in a snow-bank of flour so that they dry evenly.
  • Genetic chimeras are nothing new in nature nor is using animal tissue in humans, porcine heart valves are but one example.
  • And the cherry-pepper-spiked pork is as zesty and porcine as it ought to be.
  • The sugary porcine smell in the air is unmistakable.
  • Here the troop of porcine adventurers set forth from their parched island in a flying boat in search of a new energy source.
  • Some on the strategy committee pushed for marketing a porcine hormone that would produce leaner and bigger hogs.
  • The lone oil is a portrait of the artist, with porcine face and pink flesh blotched in blue.
  • It's a kind of gelatinous headcheese that also contains pig's feet and other porcine parts, always sliced thick and served cold.
  • Cranky flightless birds and their green porcine enemies are on every screen these days.
  • porcine fetal brain cells are similar to human fetal cells but are more readily available.
British Dictionary definitions for porcine


of, connected with, or characteristic of pigs
Word Origin
C17: from Latin porcīnus, from porcus pig
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Word Origin and History for porcine

early 15c., "pertaining to swine; swinish," from Old French porcin or directly from Latin porcinus "of a hog," from porcus "hog, pig" (see pork (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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porcine in Science
Relating to or resembling pigs.
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