Domestic pigs (Sus domesticus)





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  • From Middle English pigge (originally a term for a young pig, with adult pigs being swine), apparently from Old English *picga (attested only in compounds, such as picgbrÄ“ad). Compare Middle Dutch pogge, puggen, pegsken.
  • A connection to early modern Dutch bigge (contemporary big), West Frisian bigge and similar terms in Middle Low German is sometimes proposed, "but the phonology is difficult". Some sources say the words are "almost certainly not" related, others consider a relation "probable, but not certain".
  • The slang sense of "police officer" is attested since at least 1785.
  • Origin unknown. See piggin.

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