Porcine vs. Swine

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Porcine and Swine is that the Porcine is a family of mammals and Swine is a domesticated food animal.

  • Porcine

    Suidae is a family of artiodactyl mammals which are commonly called pigs, hogs or boars. In addition to numerous fossil species, 17 extant species are currently recognized (or 18 counting domestic pigs and wild boars separately), classified into between four and eight genera. The family includes the domestic pig, Sus scrofa domesticus or Sus domesticus, in addition to numerous species of wild pig, such as babirusas and warthogs. All suids, or swine, are native to the Old World, ranging from Asia to Europe and Africa.

    The earliest fossil suids date from the Oligocene epoch in Asia, and their descendants reached Europe during the Miocene. Several fossil species are known and show adaptations to a wide range of different diets, from strict herbivory to possible carrion-eating (in Tetraconodontinae).

  • Swine

    The domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus or only Sus domesticus), often called swine, hog, or simply pig when there is no need to distinguish it from other pigs, is a domesticated large, even-toed ungulate. It is variously considered a subspecies of the wild boar or a distinct species. The domestic pig’s head-plus-body-length ranges from 0.9 to 1.8 m (35 to 71 in), and the adult can weigh between 50 and 350 kg (110 and 770 lb). Compared to other artiodactyls, its head is relatively long, pointed, and free of warts. Even-toed ungulates are generally herbivorous, but the domestic pig is an omnivore, like its wild relative.

    When used as livestock, domestic pigs are farmed primarily for the consumption of their meat, called pork. The animal’s bones, hide, and bristles are also used in commercial products. Domestic pigs, especially miniature breeds, are kept as pets.

  • Porcine (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the pig.

  • Porcine (adjective)

    Overweight to the extent of resembling a pig; morbidly obese.

  • Swine (noun)

    Any of various omnivorous, even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae.

  • Swine (noun)

    A contemptible person plural swines.

  • Swine (noun)

    A police officer; a “pig”.

  • Swine (noun)

    Something difficult or awkward; a pain.

    “That old car is a swine to manoeuvre.”


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