Definition of sheep
1 : any of various hollow-horned typically gregarious ruminant mammals (genus Ovis) related to the goats but stockier and lacking a beard in the male; specifically : one (O. aries) long domesticated especially for its flesh and wool
2a : a timid defenseless creatureb : a timid docile person; especially : one easily influenced or led
3 : leather prepared from the skins of sheep : sheepskin
Examples of sheep in a Sentence
he came to see that the members of the cult were sheep who naively went along with whatever their leader dictated
Recent Examples of sheep from the Web
Those first clones, the brainchildren of Lao Chen, were the actual children of several of her graduate students, conceived by the technique used to create the first cloned sheep.
Another favorite on the menu is oscypek, an appetizer of sheep cheese that is served warm with cranberries, Agnes Bobak said.
His team is 14 years old and is still used on his sheep farm for plowing, mowing and logging.
The nature and magnitude of the problems were suggested by the Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut’s initial report, five years ago, on the cloning of Dolly the sheep.
Overview: The Fiat 500e is the black sheep of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family.
The code also allows Oak Park residents to keep up to two chickens on their properties, but bans pigs, swine, sheep, cattle, horses, goats and other similar animals, officials confirmed.
A village memo shows a 1981 copy of the village code specifically bans cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, chickens and other poultry.
Farah Angel was a state finalist in equine placement, Sarah Drown was a state finalist in goat entrepreneurship and the region winner for sheep entrepreneurship, and Travis Mehaffie was the region winner for dairy placement.
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Origin and Etymology of sheep
Middle English, from Old English scēap; akin to Old High German scāf sheep
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SHEEP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sheep for English Language Learners
: an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
: a person who does what other people say to do
SHEEP Defined for Kids
Definition of sheep for Students
1 : an animal related to the goat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
2 : a weak helpless person who is easily led
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