One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young pig, especially one which is newly weaned.
- ‘In many areas where there are feral pigs, wild sows and piglets are captured, male shoats castrated, and then the pigs are housed or penned.’
- ‘My uncle would go to the auction over at Logan County Stockyards on the edge of Booneville and get a couple of shoats (young just-weaned hogs).’
- ‘He also tells a story about how Uncle John bought a shoat and ate until he vomited and then left the rest.’
- ‘No hogs must be left at large except a few shoats about the lot.’
- ‘The entire group watches the shoat cause its destruction.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with West Flemish schote.
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