Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Wild \Wild\, a. [Compar. Wilder; superl. Wildest.] [OE. wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG. wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild, bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild game, deer; of uncertain origin.]
Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.
Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.
Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild strawberry, wild honey.
The woods and desert caves, With wild thyme and gadding vine o'ergrown.
Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land. ``To trace the forests wild.''
Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.
Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy. ``Valor grown wild by pride.''
--Prior. ``A wild, speculative project.''
What are these So withered and so wild in their attire ?
With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes Wild work in heaven.
The wild winds howl.
Search then the ruling passion, there, alone The wild are constant, and the cunning known.
Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead.
Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or ?ewilderment; as, a wild look.
(Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel. Note: Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of other better known or cultivated plants to which they a bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice, wild pink, etc. See the Phrases below. To run wild, to go unrestrained or untamed; to live or untamed; to live or grow without culture or training. To sow one's wild oats. See under Oat. Wild allspice. (Bot.), spicewood. Wild balsam apple (Bot.), an American climbing cucurbitaceous plant ( Echinocystis lobata). Wild basil (Bot.), a fragrant labiate herb ( Calamintha Clinopodium) common in Europe and America. Wild bean (Bot.), a name of several leguminous plants, mostly species of Phaseolus and Apios. Wild bee (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest in a hollow tree or among rocks. Wild bergamot. (Bot.) See under Bergamot. Wild boar (Zo["o]l.), the European wild hog ( Sus scrofa), from which the common domesticated swine is descended. Wild brier (Bot.), any uncultivated species of brier. See Brier. Wild bugloss (Bot.), an annual rough-leaved plant ( Lycopsis arvensis) with small blue flowers. Wild camomile (Bot.), one or more plants of the composite genus Matricaria, much resembling camomile. Wild cat. (Zo["o]l.)
A European carnivore ( Felis catus) somewhat resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and having a short tail. It is destructive to the smaller domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and the like.
The common American lynx, or bay lynx.
(Naut.) A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan. --Luce. Wild celery. (Bot.) See Tape grass, under Tape. Wild cherry. (Bot.)
Any uncultivated tree which bears cherries. The wild red cherry is Prunus Pennsylvanica. The wild black cherry is Prunus serotina, the wood of which is much used for cabinetwork, being of a light red color and a compact texture.
The fruit of various species of Prunus. Wild cinnamon. See the Note under Canella. Wild comfrey (Bot.), an American plant ( Cynoglossum Virginicum) of the Borage family. It has large bristly leaves and small blue flowers. Wild cumin (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant ( Lag[oe]cia cuminoides) native in the countries about the Mediterranean. Wild drake (Zo["o]l.) the mallard. Wild elder (Bot.), an American plant ( Aralia hispida) of the Ginseng family. Wild fowl (Zo["o]l.) any wild bird, especially any of those considered as game birds. Wild goose (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose ( Branta Canadensis), the European bean goose, and the graylag. See Graylag, and Bean goose, under Bean. Wild goose chase, the pursuit of something unattainable, or of something as unlikely to be caught as the wild goose. --Shak. Wild honey, honey made by wild bees, and deposited in trees, rocks, the like. Wild hyacinth. (Bot.) See Hyacinth, 1 (b) . Wild Irishman (Bot.), a thorny bush ( Discaria Toumatou) of the Buckthorn family, found in New Zealand, where the natives use the spines in tattooing. Wild land.
Land not cultivated, or in a state that renders it unfit for cultivation.
Land which is not settled and cultivated. Wild licorice. (Bot.) See under Licorice. Wild mammee (Bot.), the oblong, yellowish, acid fruit of a tropical American tree ( Rheedia lateriflora); -- so called in the West Indies. Wild marjoram (Bot.), a labiate plant ( Origanum vulgare) much like the sweet marjoram, but less aromatic. Wild oat. (Bot.)
A tall, oatlike kind of soft grass ( Arrhenatherum avenaceum).
See Wild oats, under Oat. Wild pieplant (Bot.), a species of dock ( Rumex hymenosepalus) found from Texas to California. Its acid, juicy stems are used as a substitute for the garden rhubarb. Wild pigeon. (Zo["o]l.)
The rock dove.
The passenger pigeon. Wild pink (Bot.), an American plant ( Silene Pennsylvanica) with pale, pinkish flowers; a kind of catchfly. Wild plantain (Bot.), an arborescent endogenous herb ( Heliconia Bihai), much resembling the banana. Its leaves and leaf sheaths are much used in the West Indies as coverings for packages of merchandise. Wild plum. (Bot.)
Any kind of plum growing without cultivation.
The South African prune. See under Prune.
Wild rice. (Bot.) See Indian rice, under Rice.
Wild rosemary (Bot.), the evergreen shrub Andromeda polifolia. See Marsh rosemary, under Rosemary.
Wild sage. (Bot.) See Sagebrush.
Wild sarsaparilla (Bot.), a species of ginseng ( Aralia nudicaulis) bearing a single long-stalked leaf.
Wild sensitive plant (Bot.), either one of two annual leguminous herbs ( Cassia Cham[ae]crista, and Cassia nictitans), in both of which the leaflets close quickly when the plant is disturbed.
Wild service.(Bot.) See Sorb.
Wild Spaniard (Bot.), any one of several umbelliferous plants of the genus Aciphylla, natives of New Zealand. The leaves bear numerous bayonetlike spines, and the plants form an impenetrable thicket.
Wild turkey. (Zo["o]l.) See 2d Turkey.
n. A wild swine native to Europe and North Africa, ''Sus scrofa''.
n. Old World wild swine having a narrow body and prominent tusks from which most domestic swine come; introduced in United States [syn: boar, Sus scrofa]
The wild boar (Sus scrofa), also known as the wild swine or Eurasian wild pig, is a suid native to much of Eurasia, North Africa, and the Greater Sunda Islands. Human intervention has spread its range further, making the species one of the widest-ranging mammals in the world, as well as the most widely spread suiform. Its wide range, high numbers, and adaptability mean that it is classed as least concern by the IUCN. The animal probably originated in Southeast Asia during the Early Pleistocene, and outcompeted other suid species as it spread throughout the Old World.
As of 2005, up to 16 subspecies are recognised, which are divided into four regional groupings based on skull height and lacrimal bone length. The species lives in matriarchal societies consisting of interrelated females and their young (both male and female). Fully grown males are usually solitary outside of the breeding season. The grey wolf is the wild boar's main predator throughout most of its range except in the Far East and the Lesser Sunda Islands, where it is replaced by the tiger and Komodo dragon respectively. It has a long history of association with humans, having been the ancestor of most domestic pig breeds and a big-game animal for millennia.
Wild Boar (Dutch: Wild Zwijn) is a 2013 Dutch documentary directed by Willem Baptist. The film is a poetic and strongly stylized tale about the ambivalent relationship between humans and wild boars. The film was realised with support of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and is part of project Doc25; a joint initiative by Dutch broadcasters AVRO, BOS, EO, IKON, NTR, VPRO.
Wild Boar had its Dutch premiere at the Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht and was shortlist nominated for a Gouden Kalf for Best Short Documentary at The Netherlands Film Festival. The film had its international premières in competition respectively at the renowned festivals Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), AFI Docs (Silver Spring, USA) and Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Baptist approach to the subject and peculiar way of telling the story found international recognition. AFI Docs described the film as "an otherworldly and poetic look at the classic conflict of Man vs. Nature." and Hot Docs wrote:"A village in the Netherlands is invaded by wild boar and its inhabitants must choose: eat or be eaten. A meticulously crafted folklore atmosphere beautifully captures the challenges we face when modern society conflicts with nature." In Switzerland, where the film won a Special Mention Award, Visions du Réel published: "An epic and eccentric film. The technique borrows from codes of fiction, and scenes follow one another in surrealistic style with a touch of joyful black humour". Canadian FERNTV published their Top 10 Films @ Hot Docs and wrote: "Downright dark and chilling at times like that of The Blair Witch Project." Film review website Film Threat described the film as: "Darkly humorous... a marvelous small gem". The Washington City Paper however criticised the film for "a possible allegorical connection to the Holocaust" and called the film "cold and unssetteling".
The wild boar (Sus scrofa, a.k.a. simply boar, or wild pig) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. The term may also refer to:
- Wild Boar, English translation of Wilde Sau, the German World War II night fighter tactic
- Wild Boar (film) a 2013 documentary
Usage examples of "wild boar".
The first time he was hurt there, it was because he jumped down between a wild boar and my father, to save my father from being gutted by the animal’.
The first time he was hurt there, it was because he leapt between a wild boar and my father, to save my father from being gutted by the animal's tusks.
She had never thought she might do a thing like this, stalk a man like a huntress stalking a wild boar.
He'd mixed enough with the locals to learn that the comical-looking animals were in fact as belligerent as wild boar, and when you scaled one of those up to five tons and gave it four giant teeth like ivory pickaxes a foot long .
To either side of the road lies uncharted country, filled with wild beasts, chasms, and swamps, danger that can slay the unwary soul as surely as a wild boar will slay the unwary hunter.