One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or resembling a goat.
- ‘This experiment first preliminarily revealed the basic processes of the in vitro development of hircine non-antral follicles.’
- ‘Did you know ‘hircine’ means ‘of or relating to goats’ in the sense that ‘bovine’ means ‘of or relating to cows’?’
- ‘The demon was of the fairly typical hircine variety.’
- ‘It's that last part that obtains my hircine quadruped.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin hircinus, from hircus ‘he-goat’.
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