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ovine

[oh-vahyn, oh-vin]
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adjective
  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

  • 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

ovine

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

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

adj.

"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

ovine

vīn′]
  1. Relating to or characteristic of sheep.
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