ar·​ga·​li ˈär-gə-lē How to pronounce argali (audio)
: a large wild sheep (Ovis ammon) of central Asia with the ram having massive horns

Examples of argali in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mothers raise their cubs on their own for about 18 months, according to the trust, before the cubs are released to hunt ibex, argali and sheep high in the mountains. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 With a shoulder height as tall as 49-inches and horns over five-feet wide, the 300-pound Marco Polo argali is unequivocally the world’s largest sheep species. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 13 Mar. 2024 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, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 Sievers cites one year, 1996, when 27 argali trophies were imported into the U.S. from Kyrgyzstan. National Geographic, 15 June 2016 Also common is the argali (Ovis ammon ammon), the giant cousin of the American bighorn sheep. John Wendle, National Geographic, 6 Apr. 2017 For the elusive snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan, a satisfying meal consists of an ibex or an argali. National Geographic, 15 June 2016

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First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of argali was in 1760

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“Argali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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