Barbary sheep

noun

Definition of Barbary sheep

: 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

First Known Use of Barbary sheep

1749, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Barbary sheep

barbary coast, Africa

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“Barbary sheep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Barbary%20sheep. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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