from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A feral hog (Sus scrofa) of the southern United States, having a narrow body with a ridged back.
  • noun A sharp ridged hill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rorqual, finfish, or finner-whale, of the family Balænopteridæ.
  • noun A hog whose back has somewhat the form of a sharp ridge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The rorqual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A term used in the southeastern US for a thin feral pig. The term is borderline slang but is used as the nickname for the University of Arkansas athletic teams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a mongrel hog with a thin body and long legs and a ridged back; a wild or semi-wild descendant of improved breeds; found chiefly in the southeastern United States
  • noun any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
  • adjective having a sharp narrow back


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  • Woods pigs were called razorbacks, painters, rovers, thistle-diggers, prairie sharks, land sharks, land pikes, wind-splitters, <b>hazel-splitters</b>, sapling-splitters, rail-splitters, stump suckers, elm peelers, piney woods rooters, and—puzzlingly, but perhaps because they were so hard to get a grip on—cucumber seeds.
    Mark Essig, Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig (New York: Basic Books, 2015), ch. 11.

    May 9, 2016