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From Middle English screw, scrue (screw); apparently, despite the difference in meaning, from Old French escroue (nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole), from Latin scrofa (female pig) through a vulgar comparison. There is also the Old French escruve (screw), from Old Dutch *scrūva ("screw"; whence Middle Dutch schruyve (screw)), which probably influenced or conflated with the aforementioned, resulting in the Middle English word.