aoudad

[ah-oo-dad]
noun
  1. a wild sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of northern Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs.

Origin of aoudad

1860–65; < French < Berber, equivalent to a- masculine singular prefix + udad ram
Also called Barbary sheep.
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Historical Examples of aoudad

  • This is the Aoudad, which dwells in the mountains of Barbary.

  • The horns of the Aoudad are about two feet in length, and are of considerable diameter.

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  • The Aoudad is wonderfully active, and even the young ones bound to an astonishing height.

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  • The Aoudad was formerly plentiful in Egypt, and even now is found along the Atlas mountain-range.

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  • More generally the aoudad reposes on some shelf of rock, where it matches the color of the stone, and is almost invisible.


British Dictionary definitions for aoudad

aoudad

noun
  1. a wild mountain sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of N Africa, having horns curved in a semicircle and long hair covering the neck and forelegsAlso called: Barbary sheep

Word Origin for aoudad

from French, from Berber audad
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