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porcus fēmina et porculus (a female pig and piglet)

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Italic *porkos, from Proto-Indo-European *pórḱos (young swine, young pig). Cognate with Old English fearh (young pig, hog). More at farrow. Compare also Ancient Greek πόρκος (pórkos).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpor.kus/, [ˈpɔr.kʊs]
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NounEdit

porcus m (genitive porcī); second declension

  1. a piglet, a young pig
  2. (more generally) a pig, hog
  3. (derogatory) glutton, pig
  4. (porcus marīnus) the sea-hog, mereswine, porpoise
  5. female genitalia
  6. (military) a wedge-shaped battle formation

Usage notesEdit

  • For the semantic shift of “pig” to “female genitalia”, compare the same Ancient Greek use of χοῖρος (khoîros).

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative porcus porcī
Genitive porcī porcōrum
Dative porcō porcīs
Accusative porcum porcōs
Ablative porcō porcīs
Vocative porce porcī

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