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bighorn

[big-hawrn]
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noun, plural big·horns, (especially collectively) big·horn.
  1. a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns.
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Origin of bighorn

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; big1 + horn

Bighorn

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

plural noun
  1. a mountain range in N Wyoming, part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Cloud Peak, 13,165 feet (4013 meters).
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Also called Big·horns.
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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

  • And Bighorn, himself, took his stand at the point where the trails crossed.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp


British Dictionary definitions for bighorn

bighorn

noun plural -horns or -horn
  1. 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
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