Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common wild sheep of the Rocky and other North American mountains; the bighorn, Oris montana.
- n. No less than six species and two subspecies of Ovis have been described from North America, but it is possible that one or two of these may not stand the test of further research. The northernmost species is the white or Dall's sheep, O. dalli, widely spread over northern Alaska. The southernmost and smallest is O. mexicana, from northern Mexico and the adjoining parts of New Mexico. The black or Stone's sheep, O. stonei, from Alaska and British Columbia, is very dark with white belly and marks down the legs. Other species are O. nelsoni and O. fannini.
“We have some mountain-sheep herds for milk, cheese, and meat.”
“Just below this point we found the body of a bighorn mountain-sheep floating in an eddy.”
“Five mountain-sheep were seen from our boats in one of the sloping grassy meadows above the river.”
“Drawings of mountain-sheep were plentiful; there was one representing a human figure with a bow and arrow, and with a sheep standing on the arrow -- their way of telling that he got the sheep, no doubt.”
“There are many mountain-sheep in this section, but we saw none either time.”
“Just opposite this fall a big mountain-sheep jumped from under an overhanging ledge close to the water, and stared curiously at us, as though he wondered what strange things those were coming down with the current.”
“There are also mountain-sheep, coyotes, and foxes, and along the streams several beaver; but we never have seen any animal bigger than a prairie-dog, or smaller than a coney.”
“Spanish sheep-walks, where the mountain-sheep and the antelope still predominate.”
“There are still left in the mountains among the pines and snowy cliffs many mountain-sheep.”
“A nondescript-clad figure came out of the brushwood into the open clearing, walking towards the spot where the mountain-sheep lay stretched on the sward, which was partly covered with the snow that remained unmelted under the lee of the cliff; and a voice, without doubt appertaining to the figure, exclaimed in unmistakable English accents --”
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