|—n , swines, swine|
|1.||a coarse or contemptible person|
|2.||another name for a pig|
|[Old English swīn; related to Old Norse svīn, Gothic swein, Latin suīnus relating to swine]|
"Ne ge ne wurpen eowre meregrotu toforan eo wrum swynon." [c.1000]Which is a misreading of L. marguerite "daisy" as margarite "pearl."
(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).