[ oh-vahyn, oh-vin ]
/ ˈoʊ vaɪn, ˈoʊ vɪn /
pertaining to, of the nature of, or like sheep.
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Origin of ovine
First recorded in 1670–80; from Late Latin ovīnus, equivalent to Latin ov(is) “sheep” + -īnus -ine1
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Example sentences from the Web for 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
/ (ˈəʊvaɪn) /
of, relating to, or resembling a sheep
Word Origin for ovine
C19: from Late Latin ovīnus, from Latin ovis sheep
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Scientific definitions for ovine
[ ō′vīn′ ]
Relating to or characteristic of sheep.
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