any of numerous ruminant mammals of the genus Ovis, of the family Bovidae, closely related to the goats, especially O. aries, bred in a number of domesticated varieties.
leather made from the skin of these animals.
a meek, unimaginative, or easily led person.
Idioms about sheep
separate the sheep from the goats, to separate good people from bad or those intended for a specific end from unqualified people.
- sheepless, adjective
- sheeplike, adjective
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How to use sheep in a sentence
It will be less remembered as a year featuring a diverse roster of scientific anniversaries, ranging from the 1300th birthday of a prolific writer to the 25th birthday of a celebrity sheep.
Merino wool is made from a variety of sheep known for its fine, soft fibers.The Kora Xenolith Is My Secret Weapon Against the Cold | Wes Siler | February 2, 2021 | Outside Online
Around 3,000 years ago a drought in central China drove Mongol herders a thousand miles north into the steppes of Khakassia, in Siberia, where they remained raising horses and sheep for centuries.The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Sergey Ponomarev | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
And, also like Orwell, he diverged from his social set, avoiding college for a career as a sheep farmer in South Africa … even though all he ever wanted was to be a writer.
Merino sheep, to be precise, and the wool that is shorn from them in New Zealand that ends up in the comfy sneaker-slippers made by Allbirds.
You will find winding pasture for sheep and highland cattle.
I had to pause for sheep crossing the road, which is a common occurrence when driving through the Highlands of Scotland.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Farmers, fearing ISIS attacks, have left the city with their sheep.
He notes that on Naxos sheep have very large gallbladders, but on Euboea they do not.
The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz.
A flock of weary sheep pattered along the road, barnward bound, heavy eyed and bleating softly.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Harry took his bed into the spare-room, and Black sheep lay down to die.
The Griffin carried off one sheep a day from a German village, till a man came with a "falchion" and split the Griffin open.
A little corral for the sheep, and a rough shed for the pony, and the home was complete: far the prettiest home they had ever had.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
And with these, and the society of Jane on board-wages, Black sheep was left alone for a month.
British Dictionary definitions for sheep (1 of 2)
any of various bovid mammals of the genus Ovis and related genera, esp O. aries (domestic sheep), having transversely ribbed horns and a narrow face. There are many breeds of domestic sheep, raised for their wool and for meat: Related adjective: ovine
Barbary sheep another name for aoudad
a meek or timid person, esp one without initiative
separate the sheep from the goats to pick out the members of any group who are superior in some respects
- sheeplike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for SHEEP (2 of 2)
Sky High Earnings Expectations Possibly: applied to investments that appear to offer high returns but may be unreliable
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sheep
see black sheep; hanged for a sheep; separate the sheep from the goats; wolf in sheep's clothing.
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