[ oh-vahyn, oh-vin ]
/ ˈoʊ vaɪn, ˈoʊ vɪn /


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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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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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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Science definitions for ovine


[ ōvīn′ ]

Relating to or characteristic of sheep.
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