aoudad

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aoudad wild sheep of northern Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aoudad (Zoöl) An African sheeplike quadruped (the Ammotragus lervia, formerly Ammotragus tragelaphus) having a long mane on the breast and fore legs; the wild sheep of northern Africa; -- called also Barbary sheep. It is, perhaps, the chamois of the Old Testament.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aoudad The wild sheep of Barbary; a ruminant of the subfamily Ovinæ and family Bovidæ, inhabiting northern Africa. It is of a light-brownish color, with very large horns curving outward and backward, and a profusion of long hair hanging from the throat and breast and almost reaching the ground between the fore legs. A full-grown individual stands about 3 feet high at the withers, and its horns sometimes attain a length of 2 feet. The animal is common, is often kept in confinement, and readily breeds in that state. The aoudad is also known as the bearded argali and ruffed mouflon; it is the kebsh of the Arabs, the mouflon à manchettes of the French, and the Ovis tragelaphus (Desmarest) or Ammotragus tragelaphus of naturalists.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The Moorish name

Usage

In literature:

No animals of the chase were seen; but our blacks picked up the dung of the ostrich, and a horn of the aoudad.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
This is the Aoudad, which dwells in the mountains of Barbary.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

Todd and Chris with Aoudad.
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