Variant of sow
- an adult female pig
- an adult female of certain other mammals, as the bear
- a channel or sluice carrying molten metal from a blast furnace to the molds in which pig bars are cast
- a large mass of metal that has solidified in this channel
Origin: ME sowe < OE sugu, akin to Ger sau (OHG su) < IE base *sū-, pig > swine, L sus
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