aoudad

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noun aou·dad \ˈau̇-ˌdad, ˈä-u̇-\
variants: or less commonly

aoudad sheep

Definition of aoudad

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of aoudad

French, from Berber audad


First Known Use: 1809


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