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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Definitions for ovine

  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or like sheep.

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Citations for ovine
In the gaze of its ovine inhabitants, we glimpse their dim recognition that a new sort of shepherd has arisen. , "Dronestagram's View," New York Times, June 5, 2015
Alas! for the ovine nature of mankind, if one jumps over the gate, the others call come "tumbling after." Thomas Hood, "The Maker and Model of Harmonious Verse," Quips and Cranks, 1861
Origin of ovine
1820-1830
Ovine comes straightforwardly from the Late Latin adjective ovīnus “pertaining to a sheep.” The Latin noun ovis “sheep” is identical with the Proto-Indo-European noun owis “sheep,” the source of Greek óïs (dialectal ówis), Lithuanian avìs, Sanskrit ávi-, Germanic awiz, which becomes ēowu in Old English and ewe in modern English. Ovine entered English in the 17th century.