ar·​ga·​li | \ ˈär-gə-lē How to pronounce argali (audio) \

Definition of argali

: a large wild sheep (Ovis ammon) of central Asia with the ram having massive horns

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Recent Examples on the Web Hunting of the rare argali sheep is managed by the Mongolian government, which issued only 86 permits during this year’s hunting season, according to ProPublica. Christine Stapleton, USA TODAY, "Mongolian ambassador visited Mar-a-Lago before Trump Jr. got coveted permit to hunt rare sheep," 12 Dec. 2019 In Mongolia, permits to shoot and kill an argali, which are prized for their tusks and meat, are determined largely by politics, connections and money, experts told ProPublica. Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, "Donald Trump Jr. got Mongolia’s approval to hunt an endangered sheep days after he had already killed it," 12 Dec. 2019 Sievers cites one year, 1996, when 27 argali trophies were imported into the U.S. from Kyrgyzstan. National Geographic, "How a Hunting Reserve Became a Snow Leopard Sanctuary," 15 June 2016 Also common is the argali (Ovis ammon ammon), the giant cousin of the American bighorn sheep. John Wendle, National Geographic, "Stunning Rare Footage Reveals Elusive Snow Leopards," 6 Apr. 2017 For the elusive snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan, a satisfying meal consists of an ibex or an argali. National Geographic, "How a Hunting Reserve Became a Snow Leopard Sanctuary," 15 June 2016

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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“Argali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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