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Swine

SWINE (חֲזִיר, H2614, swine, all Eng. VSS; χοι̂ρος, G5956, swine all Eng. VSS). See also [[Boar]]. The word swine is now obsolete in most uses, though it is retained in a few technical terms; e.g. swine fever, a major disease of pigs. Normally it has been replaced by an equally old Eng. word pig. The male is known as the boar, the female as the sow and the litter is called a farrow of piglets. In agricultural areas a number of special words denote the sexes at various ages. Wild boar is the general term for the wild ancestor of the domestic pig; most other wild species are called hogs, e.g. Warthog. Pigs were brought into the service of man independently in several different parts of the world, those in Europe and W Asia from Sus scrofa, in its various sub species, and those in China from the E species, S. vittatus. It is hard to suggest exactly when this took place and the position is complicated by migrations that have taken place, man having taken his livestock with him on his