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    pigling

    What are the differences between these terms?
    pigling
    sucking-pig
    suckling pig
    unweaned piglet

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    Re: pigling

    I've never seen the word "pigling" used. They are "piglets."

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    Re: pigling

    A 'suckling pig' is usually used in culinary contexts to refer to a pig harvested while still weaning for its tender flesh. The idea is similar to the difference between 'veal' and 'beef' in cattle.

    A 'piglet' could refer to one which is weaned or unweaned. 'Weaners' are the weaned pigs ready to be fattened out with solid food, where they one day may become 'weiners'.
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    Re: pigling

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've never seen the word "pigling" used. They are "piglets."
    Piglet is the usage that I consider standard too. But my wife, a native speaker born and raised in India, always says pigling. Many online dictionaries recognize pigling, so I think it is correct, although very much a minority usage.

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    Re: pigling

    I haven't come across pigling in BrE, though some British dictionaries do include it: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...nglish/pigling

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    Re: pigling

    Perhaps, someone thinks they have ducklings so why not piglings?

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    Re: pigling

    ... and maybe they keep ducklets with their piglets.

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    Re: pigling

    I think it's a nice word. And after thinking about it for a while, I have come across it in BrE in Beatrix Potter:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Pigling_Bland

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    Re: pigling

    "Pigling" is harder to say.

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