(Science: zoology) Any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestical species. Swine secrete a large amount of subcutaneous fat, which, when extracted, is known as lard. The male is specifically called boar, the female, sow, and the young, pig. See Hog. A great herd of swine. Swine grass, the sow thistle.
Origin: OE. Swin, AS. Swin; akin to OFries. & OS. Swin, D. Zwijn, G. Schwein, OHG. Swin, Icel. Svin, Sw. Svin, Dan. Sviin, Goth. Swein; originally a diminutive corresponding to E. Sow. See Sow.