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mouflon

or mouf·flon

[moof-lon]
noun
  1. a wild sheep, Ovis musimon, inhabiting the mountainous regions of Sardinia and Corsica, the male of which has large curving horns.
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Origin of mouflon

1765–75; < French < Italian muflone, orig. dial.; compare Corsican muffolo, Sardinian murone, Late Latin mufrō, stem mufrōn-, presumably < a pre-L substratal language
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Examples from the Web for mouflon

Historical Examples

  • What holds good for the buffalo does so also for the mouflon or wild sheep.

    Evolution, Old &amp; New

    Samuel Butler

  • When alarmed, the mouflon dash into this cover and are safe.

  • There's a desert island in the gean with mouflon that nobody ever succeeds in getting.

    The Vanity Girl

    Compton Mackenzie

  • These came from Sardinia, where he had been after Mouflon—he had seen the birds, but was too soon for eggs.

  • The Corsican bandit, like the mouflon of the same island, is nearly extinct.


British Dictionary definitions for mouflon

mouflon

moufflon

noun
  1. a wild short-fleeced mountain sheep, Ovis musimon, of Corsica and Sardinia
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Word Origin

C18: via French from Corsican mufrone, from Late Latin mufrō
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