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

Example Sentences

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, 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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Word History



First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of argali was in 1760

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“Argali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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