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far·row 1

 (făr′ō)
n.
A litter of pigs.
v. far·rowed, far·row·ing, far·rows
v.tr.
To give birth to (a litter of pigs).
v.intr.
To produce a litter of pigs.

[Ultimately from Old English fearh, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.]

far·row 2

 (făr′ō)
adj.
Not pregnant. Used of a cow.

[Middle English ferow.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.farrowing - the production of a litter of pigs
birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth - the process of giving birth
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The gilts and sows entered the farrowing house approximately one week before the expected farrowing date.
Every pig farmer knows the farrowing house needs to be cleaned and disinfected, to ensure a healthy environment for the next litter of piglets.
Fasten a 2" x 12" plank about 12" to 16" off the floor around the walls of the farrowing house before the sow farrows.