Barbary sheep

noun

: a wild, chiefly brown bovine (Ammotragus lervia) that is closely related to goats and sheep, is native to dry, rocky, mountainous terrain of North Africa but has been introduced into the southwestern U.S., northern Mexico, and Spain, and has a fringe of long hairs extending from the neck to the inner forelegs and horns that curve outward, back, and down : aoudad

Word History

Etymology

barbary coast, Africa

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Barbary sheep was in 1749

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“Barbary sheep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Barbary%20sheep. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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