I googled male pig word and got results that said the word was boar.
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I thought, “That”s odd; I thought that was the word for a wild pig!” So I visited Dictionary.com and sure enough, it has both meanings:
So I was wondering, since there exists a term that only means female pig–sow, does such a word exist that only means male pig and nothing else? I”m looking for a unique term.
There are three terms used for this purpose. Here”s a description of all three from Wikipedia.
Boar or hog, male pig of breeding age.Barrow, male pig castrated before puberty.Stag, male pig castrated later in life (an older boar after castration).
If the species is called “hog” (AmE), the name for a full grown male hog is “boar“, and “pig” for a young, weaned hog or any immature hog, and a “piglet” for a little pig, especially a suckling one.
If the species is called “pig” (chiefly BE) or “swine“, the name for a mature male pig is “hog“, “shoat/shote” for a young, weaned pig or any immature pig, and “piglet” for a young, unweaned pig.
It seems that the question is much more difficult than it may at first appear, as there are multiple names for male, female and even hermaphrodite pigs. These names take into account, among other things, age, weight, sexual maturity, “sexual degrees” (such as whether the males have been castrated, when there is only one testicle “showing,” or for hermaphroditic ones). For a good account of these multiple swine names and their meanings, see Rare Breed Pig Keeping, p. 54 (available online at http://www.gospbc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/RareBreedPigKeeping.pdf
Therefore there does not seem to be a single name for either a female or male pig, but several to choose from based on a wide variety of differences.
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