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[big-hawrn] /ˈbɪgˌhɔrn/
noun, plural bighorns (especially collectively) bighorn.
a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns.
Origin of bighorn
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85; big1 + horn


[big-hawrn] /ˈbɪgˌhɔrn/
a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 miles (540 km) long.

Bighorn Mountains

plural noun
a mountain range in N Wyoming, part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Cloud Peak, 13,165 feet (4013 meters).
Also called Bighorns. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They had stumbled in the dark on the bedding-place of a flock of bighorn.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • "bighorn doesn't care for neighbors as you do, Peter," said she.

  • When bighorn gave the signal the sentinels pricked up their ears.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Fleetfoot showed it to bighorn, who took it, then tossed it on the ground.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Another signal from bighorn marked the change to a new scene.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And bighorn, himself, took his stand at the point where the trails crossed.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • When questioned about it, Greybeard was sad and bighorn shook his head.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • bighorn asked him where he lived; but Fleetfoot was too frightened to speak.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Most of all he was afraid of bighorn, for it was bighorn who captured him.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
British Dictionary definitions for bighorn


noun (pl) -horns, -horn
a large wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, inhabiting mountainous regions in North America and NE Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. The male has massive curved horns, and the species is well adapted for climbing and leaping
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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