[ big-hawrn ]

noun,plural big·horns, (especially collectively) big·horn.
  1. 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

Words Nearby bighorn

Other definitions for Bighorn (2 of 2)

[ big-hawrn ]

  1. a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 miles (540 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bighorn in a sentence

  • 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 | Edward Conlon | April 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And they made a great noise when bighorn said, “You will soon be very good trappers.”

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • But Chipper was a bright young man, and he found a way of using a spear-noose so that he could throw as well as bighorn.

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • bighorn, who was still the leader, sent Little-bear to watch where the trail crossed the hills.

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And when bighorn nodded his head, Fleetfoot told the people the story of how he and Flaker had worked and played together.

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • We had a great feast in the evening—roast bighorn ribs, broiled trout, a quantity of blueberries, and so on.

British Dictionary definitions for bighorn


/ (ˈbɪɡˌhɔːn) /

nounplural -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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