AskDefine | Define rootle

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rootle v : dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles" [syn: rout, root]

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  1. (of an animal) to dig into the ground, with the snout


  • 1929, Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 11
    Once, presumably, this quadrangle with its smooth lawns, its massive buildings, and the chapel itself was marsh too, where the grasses waved and the swine rootled.
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