n. pl. swine
1. Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae, having a stout body with thick skin, a short neck, and a movable snout, especially the domesticated pig.
2. A person regarded as contemptible or disgusting.
[Middle English, from Old English swīn; see sū- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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