Definitions

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

  • n. A wild sheep (Ovis canadensis) of the mountains of western North America, the male of which has massive curved horns. Also called mountain sheep, Rocky Mountain sheep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two North American species of sheep, Ovis canadensis and Ovis dalli, having large, curving horns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Rocky Mountain sheep (Ovis montana or Caprovis montana); called also bighorn sheep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Rocky Mountain sheep, Ovis montana: so called from the immense size of the horns, which resemble those of the argali, but are shorter and comparatively stouter and not so spiral.
  • n. . The great fossil Irish elk of the peat-bogs, Cervus megaceros.

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

  • n. wild sheep of mountainous regions of western North America having massive curled horns
  • n. a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana

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Examples

  • Eventually, the population diverged into three distinct species: the snow sheep of Siberia; the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (including the desert bighorn subspecies) of the western United States and southern Canadian Rockies; and the Dall sheep (including the stone sheep subspecies) of Alaska, northern British Columbia, and southern Yukon.

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  • This brings up several questions and observations, not the least of which is this: What do you call a bighorn sheep young'n?

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  • "bighorn" -- a wild sheep that inhabits these mountains, so closely resembling the _Ovis ammon_ of the Himalayas, as to be regarded by some naturalists as belonging to the same species.

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  • Other large mammals, such as bighorn sheep and mule deer, seek shady spots during the day and remain inactive.

    Adaptations of desert birds and mammals

  • Like the chamois of Switzerland and the "bighorn" of the Rocky Mountains, they can glide along steep ledges when neither men nor dogs can find footing.

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  • Like the chamois of Switzerland and the "bighorn" of the Rocky Mountains, they can glide along steep ledges where neither men nor dogs can find footing.

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  • These antlers, made from bone, are different from horns that are found on other Colorado animals, such as bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

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  • "Specifically, drought in combination with competition from horses for scarce water resources has resulted in the determination that wildlife such as bighorn sheep are under significant stress," the agency says.

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  • We know about these scenes because Prince Maximilian — arriving in the U.S. just four months after another European aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville, had left — kept a journal of his journey, in which he recorded everything, from weather and the workings of the fur trade to riverbank fossils and the wildlife all around: bison, eagles, snakes, wolves and bighorn sheep.

    From the Rhine to the Wild West

  • It is grouped together with other state-specific signs warning of bighorn sheep and burros and the like.

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