- a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, of Asia, having long, curved horns that typically form an open, outwardly extended spiral: rare or endangered.
Origin of argali
1770–80; < Mongolian: female mountain sheep
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The bows that are chiefly prized, are made of the argali's horn, flat pieces of which are cemented together with glue.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers
Argali, r′ga-li, n. the great wild sheep of Siberia and Central Asia.
There are several local races of argali, among which O. ammon hodgsoni of Ladak and Tibet is one of the best known.
The Argali ranges over the steppes, or inland plains of Central Asia, northward and eastward to the ocean.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry
Indeed, to say that our common sheep sprung from the argali seems a very absurd theory.The Boy Hunters
Captain Mayne Reid
- a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, inhabiting semidesert regions in central Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. It is the largest of the sheep, having massive horns in the male, which may almost form a circle
C18: from Mongolian
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