aou·​dad ˈau̇-ˌdad How to pronounce aoudad (audio)
variants or less commonly aoudad 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 : barbary sheep
… an aoudad from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco bullies its way past a pair of hungry blue-legged ostriches … Robert F. Jones

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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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Word History


French, from Berber audad

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aoudad was in 1809

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“Aoudad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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aou·​dad ˈau̇-ˌdad How to pronounce aoudad (audio)
: a wild sheep of North Africa

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