- a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns.
Origin of bighorn
- a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 miles (540 km) long.
- a mountain range in N Wyoming, part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Cloud Peak, 13,165 feet (4013 meters).
Also called Big·horns.
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Examples from the Web for bighorn
I took the remote control and found a nature channel, where bighorn sheep collided against each other in alpine meadows.To Shoot or Not to Shoot
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They had stumbled in the dark on the bedding-place of a flock of Bighorn.The Trail Book
"Bighorn doesn't care for neighbors as you do, Peter," said she.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
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When Bighorn gave the signal the sentinels pricked up their ears.
Fleetfoot showed it to Bighorn, who took it, then tossed it on the ground.
And Bighorn, himself, took his stand at the point where the trails crossed.
- 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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