mountain sheep


: any of various wild sheep (such as bighorn, argali, or Dall sheep) inhabiting high mountains

Examples of mountain sheep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the charm is living without electricity and enjoying the peaceful views and wildlife such as rabbits, badgers, foxes, mountain sheep, and otters. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 Bleached skull of mountain sheep found on the desert and hung over main gate symbolizes subject matter of much Georgia O’Keeffe painting. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 20 Mar. 2023 However, the company isn’t bound to the original loden recipe that focused solely on Austrian mountain sheep. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2023 The snow leopard lives mostly on mountain sheep, ibex, pikas, and marmot. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 In Iceland, where there is no indigenous megafauna, domestic mountain sheep are herded, and Axelsson takes readers to a roundup. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2022 The mountain sheep meat is their choice meat, but they are not allowed to serve it to tourists. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, 12 Mar. 2021 These included elk and caribou antlers, bison ribs and horns, and mountain sheep horns. Andrew Del-Colle, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2020 In the nursery field, the brown-and-white Jacob’s sheep already have triplets: the Swaledales are due in early April, and the black Herdwick lambs, the hardy mountain sheep, a couple of weeks later. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, 29 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountain sheep was in 1596

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“Mountain sheep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

mountain sheep

: any of various wild sheep (as a bighorn sheep) that live in high mountains

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