Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wild sheep (Ammotragus lervia) of northern Africa, having long, curved horns and a beardlike growth of hair on the neck and chest. Also called Barbary sheep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Barbary sheep, Ammotragus lervia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wild sheep of Barbary; a ruminant of the subfamily Ovinæ and family Bovidæ, inhabiting northern Africa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wild sheep of northern Africa

Etymologies

French, from Berber audad.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I tried to track this down on the Internet and all references included Rep. An aoudad, which is a type of barbary sheep native to Africa, was a recent visitor at Kreative Learning Preschool.

    The Delphos Herald

  • Internationally important populations of five species of threatened fauna survive: dorcas and dama gazelle, addax, aoudad, and ostrich.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Numbers of dorcas gazelle and aoudad may have increased since the creation of the reserve, but dama gazelle is declining due to continued military poaching and tourist disturbance.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • The Twareg traditionally hunted gazelle, aoudad, addax and occasionally ostrich, using snare traps and dog packs, but as wildlife has declined so has hunting.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • The ecology of the aoudad (Ammotragus lervia) in the Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve 1988-1990.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Magin estimated that there were in the reserve approximately 12,000 dorcas gazelle Gazella dorcas (V), 170 dama gazelle Gazella dama (E), and 3,500 Barbary sheep, (aoudad) Ammotragus lervia, some 70% of the Barbary sheep population of Niger.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Research in the first phase of the project (1988-1990) focused on wildlife and domestic stock censuses, vegetation dynamics, ostrich breeding biology, and the ecology of aoudad and baboon.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • The goal is to dry up the supply of blackbuck antelope and aoudad sheep being trucked to shooting galleries around the country, and to make sure no state becomes a refuge for the next Internet hunting web site.

    Michael Markarian: Putting a Stop to Pay-Per-View and Pay-to-Kill Hunting

  • The exotic aoudad, or Barbary sheep, released in the mid-20th century as a trophy game animal, has increased in the breaks and competes with the native mule deer for browse.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • Small populations of the Barbary sheep or aoudad (Ammotragus lervia, VU) may exist on scattered rocky outcrops.

    South Saharan steppe and woodlands

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