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[oh-vahyn, oh-vin]
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or like sheep.
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Origin of ovine

1820–30; < Late Latin ovīnus, equivalent to Latin ov(is) sheep + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples of ovine

  • The "ovine expression" of this bovine animal is more pronounced in the female.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

British Dictionary definitions for ovine


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a sheep
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Word Origin for ovine

C19: from Late Latin ovīnus, from Latin ovis sheep
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Word Origin and History for ovine


"pertaining to or of the nature of sheep," 1828, from Latin ovinus, from ovis "sheep," from PIE Related: *owi- "sheep" (see ewe).

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ovine in Science


  1. Relating to or characteristic of sheep.
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