- pertaining to, of the nature of, or like sheep.
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
- of, relating to, or resembling a sheep
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or characteristic of sheep.
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