boar

/bawr, bohr/, n.
1. the uncastrated male swine.
2. See wild boar.
adj.
3. South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, esp. full-grown: a boar cat.
[bef. 1000; ME boor, OE bar; c. D beer, OHG bêr < WGmc *baira-, perh. akin to Welsh baedd]

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Any wild member of the pig species Sus scrofa; the ancestor of domestic pigs.

It is native to forests ranging from western and northern Europe and North Africa to India, the Andaman Islands, and China and has been introduced to New Zealand and the U.S. It has a bristly, blackish or brown coat and stands up to 35 in. (90 cm) tall at the shoulder. Except for old, solitary males, boars live in groups. They are omnivores and are good swimmers. They have sharp tusks and, though normally not aggressive, can be dangerous. Because of its strength, speed, and ferocity, the boar has long been a prized game animal.

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mammal
also called  Wild Boar, or Wild Pig,  
 any of the wild members of the pig species Sus scrofa, family Suidae. The term boar is also used to designate the male of the domestic pig, guinea pig, and various other mammals. The term wild boar, or wild pig, is sometimes used to refer to any wild member of the Sus genus.

      The wild boar—which is sometimes called the European wild boar—is the largest of the wild pigs and is native to forests ranging from western and northern Europe and North Africa to India, the Andaman Islands, and China. It has been introduced to New Zealand and to the United States (where it mixed with native feral species). It is bristly haired, grizzled, blackish or brown in colour, and stands up to 90 cm (35 inches) tall at the shoulder. Except for old males, which are solitary, wild boars live in groups. The animals are swift, nocturnal, and omnivorous and are good swimmers. They possess sharp tusks, and, although they are normally unaggressive, they can be dangerous.

      From earliest times, because of its great strength, speed, and ferocity, the wild boar has been one of the favourite beasts of the chase. In some parts of Europe and India it is still hunted with dogs, but the spear has mostly been replaced with the gun.

      In Europe the boar is one of the four heraldic beasts of the chase and was the distinguishing mark of Richard III, king of England. As an article of food, the boar's head was long considered a special delicacy.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Boar — (b[=o]r), n. [OE. bar, bor, bore, AS. b[=a]r; akin to OHG. p[=e]r, MHG. b[=e]r, G. b[ a]r, boar (but not b[ a]r bear), and perh. Russ. borov boar.] (Zo[ o]l.) The uncastrated male of swine; specifically, the wild hog. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boar — [ bɔr ] (plural boars or boar) noun count 1. ) a male pig 2. ) a WILD BOAR …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • boar — (n.) O.E. bar boar, from W.Gmc. *bairaz (Cf. O.S. ber, Du. beer, O.H.G. ber), of unknown origin with no cognates outside West Germanic. Applied in Middle English to persons of boar like character …   Etymology dictionary

  • boar — [bôr] n. pl. boars or boar [ME bor < OE bar; akin to Ger (dial.) bär, Du beer: only in WGmc] 1. a mature uncastrated male pig 2. WILD BOAR …   English World dictionary

  • boar — BOÁR, boari, s.m. Păstor de boi. [var.: bouár s.m.] – lat. bo(v)arius. Trimis de valeriu, 21.03.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  boár (boári), s.m. – Păstor de boi. lat. boārius sau bovārius (REW 1180; Candrea Dens., 171; DAR); cf …   Dicționar Român

  • boar — boar; boar·ish; …   English syllables

  • boar — ► NOUN (pl. same or boars) 1) (also wild boar) a tusked wild pig. 2) an uncastrated domestic male pig. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • boar — [bo: US bo:r] n [: Old English; Origin: bar] 1.) a wild pig 2.) a male pig …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Boar — Taxobox status = LC status system = iucn3.1 name = Wild Boar fossil range = Early Pleistocene Recent regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Artiodactyla familia = Suidae genus = Sus species = S. scrofa binomial = Sus scrofa …   Wikipedia

  • boar n — Once upon a barren moor There dwelt a bear, also a boar. The bear could not bear the boar. The boar thought the bear a bore. At last the bear could bear no more Of that boar that bored him on the moor, And so one morn he bored the boar That boar… …   English expressions

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