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A small or young pig. Also "porket pig". Now chiefly English regional (midlands) and US.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bradford (c1510–1555), evangelical preacher and martyr. Probably from pork + -et, after Anglo-Norman and Middle French porchet small pig, piglet (1258 in Old French; 1611 in French as † porquet or post-classical Latin porchetum, porchettus.
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