aou·​dad | \ ˈau̇-ˌdad How to pronounce aoudad (audio) , ˈä-u̇- \
variants: or less commonly aoudad sheep

Definition of aoudad

: 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 : barbary sheep … an aoudad from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco bullies its way past a pair of hungry blue-legged ostriches …— Robert F. Jones

Examples of aoudad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the aoudad, most creatures aren't equipped to master or even overcome the canyon's vertical reaches. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of aoudad

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aoudad

French, from Berber audad

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“Aoudad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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