• Piper playing to two dancing sheep
    Piper playing to two dancing sheep
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sheep woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
    • n sheep a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision "his students followed him like sheep"
    • n sheep a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Baa! Baa! Black Sheep music Baa! Baa! Black Sheep music
6. Sheep-Shank 6. Sheep-Shank
dog, bird, sheep bird dog, bird, sheep bird
Big black sheep Big black sheep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fat that comes from sheep, which is called tallow, can also be used to produce soap and candles
    • Sheep A weak, bashful, silly fellow.
    • Sheep (Zoöl) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia.
    • Sheep Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An adult sheep can eat between 1 to 4 kg of food per day
    • n sheep A ruminant mammal of the family Bovidæ, subfamily Orinæ, and genus Ovis; specifically, Ovis aries, domesticated in many varieties, and one of the animals most useful to man. The male is a ram, the female a ewe, and the young a lamb; the fresh of the adult is mutton; of the young, lamb; the coat or fleece is wool, a principal material of warm clothing; the prepared hide is sheepskin, used for many purposes; the entrails furnish sausage-cases, and are also dried and twisted into strings for musical instruments (“catgut”); the prepared fat makes tallow or suet; and the twisted horns of the ram are used in the manufacture of various utensils. The milk of the ewe is thicker than that of the cow, yielding a relatively greater quantity of batter and cheese. The sheep is one of the most harmless and timid of animals. The artificial breeds of O. aries are numerons; it is not known from what wild stock or stocks they are descended. The mouflon is a probable ancestor of some at least of the domestic varieties, especially those with short tail and crescentic horns. The principal English varieties of the sheep are the large Leicester, the Cotswold, the Southdown, the Cheviot, and the black-faced breeds. The Leicester comes early to maturity, attains a large size, has a fine full form, and carries more mutton, though not of finest quality, in the same apparent dimensions than any other; the wool is not so long as in some other breeds, but is considerably finer. The Cotswolds have been improved by crossing with Leicesters; their wool is fine, and their mutton fine-grained and full-sized. Southdowns have short, close, and curled wool, and their mutton is highly valued for its flavor; they attain a large size. All these require a good climate and rich pasture. The Cheviot is much hardier, and is well adapted for the green, grassy hills of Highland districts; the wool is short, thick, and fine. The Cheviot possesses good fatteuing qualities, and yields excellent mutton. The black-faced is hardiest of all, and adapted for wild heathery hills and moors; its wool is long and coarse, but its mutton is the very finest. The Welsh resembles the black-faced, but is less hardy; its mutton is delicious, but its fleece weighs only about 2 pounds. The foreign breeds of sheep are numerous, some of the more remarkable being
    • n sheep Leather made from sheepskin, especially split leather used in bookbinding.
    • n sheep In contempt, a silly fellow.
    • n sheep A shepherd.
    • sheep To pasture sheep upon; use as a sheep-range.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
    • n.sing., pl Sheep shēp the well-known ruminant mammal covered with wool: leather made from sheep-skin: a silly and timid fellow
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  • Mark Twain
    “We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.”
  • Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    “It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.”
  • George Washington
    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow.”
  • Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    “I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.”


Black sheep - Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.
Cast sheep's eyes at - If you cast sheep's eyes at at someone, you look lovingly or with longing at them.
Count sheep - If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.
Hanged for a sheep as a lamb - This is an expression meaning that if you are going to get into trouble for doing something, then you ought to stop worrying and should try to get everything you can before you get caught.
Separate the sheep from the goats - If you separate the sheep from the goats, you sort out the good from the bad.
Wolf in sheep's clothing - A wolf in sheep's clothing is something dangerous that looks quite safe and innocent.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shep, scheep, AS. scp, sceáp,; akin to OFries. skp, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. scāf, Skr. chāga,. √295. Cf. Sheepherd
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceáp; Ger. schaf.


In literature:

Wool has become a very valuable product, and the sheep grown in this region number about one-half the total in the United States.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Cattle and sheep cannot live on the same range, and when sheep take possession of a country, cattle must move out of it, or starve.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
There were no sheep on Breed's immediate range.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
The rapid growth and development of my flock of sheep were partially due to my speculative desires.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
But the sheep and cattle have to be attended to, and ships must be sailed, and bridges must be built.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
I shall take the case of a sheep, which will consume weekly per 100 lbs.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
The fox may catch the sheep only at midnight.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
A couple of dirty sheep-skins lay upon the ground.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The bear was rank, rusty-coated, old, and hungry; and he loved sheep.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

E'en through the veil of sheep it shines,
The memory of that kindly glance; -
The Angel watching by, divines
And spares awhile his blissful trance.
"St. Peter's Day" by John Keble
Soft creatures, with ungentle guides,
God's sheep from hill and plain,
Flow thitherward in fitful tides,
There weary lie on woolly sides,
Or crop the grass amain.
"The Sheep and The Goat" by George MacDonald
"Sleep, oh, sleep!
The Shepherd loveth His sheep.
Fast speedeth the night away,
Soon cometh the glorious day;
Sleep, weary ones, while ye may,—
Sleep, oh, sleep!"
"The Singing In God's Acre" by Eugene Field
He looked in all His wisdom from the throne
Down on that humble boy who kept the sheep,
And sent a dove; the dove returned alone:
Youth liked the music, but soon fell asleep.
"Ganymede" by W H Auden
Ill was he skill'd to guide his wandering sheep;
And unforeseen disaster thinn'd his fold;
Yet at another's loss the swain would weep;
And, for his friend, his very crook was sold.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
"Sleep, oh, sleep!
The Shepherd loveth His sheep.
He that guardeth His flock the best
Hath folded them to His loving breast;
So sleep ye now, and take your rest,—
Sleep, oh, sleep!"
"The Singing In God's Acre" by Eugene Field

In news:

If the sheep heading through town as part of the Trailing of the Sheep look nervous, it's because they found out what's on the menu.
'Shaun the Sheep,' spectacular desserts, ' Foyle 's War,' and more recommendations.
New 'Shaun the Sheep' DVD from the creators of 'Wallace & Gromit,' cookbook guru Deborah Madison's new book 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts,' British mystery ' Foyle 's War' on DVD, and more top picks.
This sheep looks like a dog.
A Chinese farmer claims that his sheep gave birth to a dog.
A herd of 30 sheep is headed to the Midtown park's lawn to graze and leave a little something behind as part of a campaign sponsored by.
The Sheep Has Five Leg...
Flocks of sheep and chickens.
A Close Call with Casper's 'Sheep Herder Hill' Fire.
Casper Resident First To Report 'Sheep Herder Hill' Fire.
Casper's Sheep Herder Hill Fire, As Seen On YouTube.
Officials with Natrona County Parks are assessing damage caused to park facilities by the Sheep Herder Hill Fire.
How Big is the Sheep Herder Hill Fire.
'Champis' Shown Rounding Up Sheep On Swedish Farm.
Sheep- Herding Bunny A YouTube Hit.

In science:

In section 2, we obtain the number of Lyndon words with length n by dividing the number of primitive words with length n by n, (the shepherd’s principle: counting the legs and dividing by four to obtain the number of sheeps).
Limit law of the standard right factor of a random Lyndon word
Bengt Gustafsson described the activities of ‘sheep’ (who follow the crowd) and ‘goats’ (who like to put a spanner in the works, but not too big a one). I believe the comparison with emission lines from H I I regions is a good check (see Table 1.1).
Summary Talk
As for why they never grew up to live useful lives as sheep, sorry stars, there remains some enthusiasm for the idea that they get ejected prematurely from regions with accretionable material (Guieu et al. 2006), but we caught five votes against, with Basu and Reiners (2006) last in the year.
Astrophysics in 2006
He et al (2005) put wolves, sheep and grass onto a square lattice and let all animals age according to the Penna model.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging
Final state of ecosystem containing grass, sheep and wolves with aging.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging