Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sheep; sheeplike.
  • n. An ovine animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or being a sheep.
  • adj. Specifically, resembling a sheep in character; passive, of low intelligence and acquiescent.
  • n. A sheep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sheep; consisting of sheep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sheep-like; oviform; of or pertaining to the Ovinæ or to sheep.
  • n. A member of the Ovinæ; a sheep.
  • n. A form of cerebrin found in the yolk of eggs.

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

  • adj. of or pertaining to or of the nature of or characteristic of a sheep or sheep

Etymologies

Late Latin ovīnus, from Latin ovis, sheep; see owi- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Estes JM, Spencer EM, Longaker MT, Adzick NS: Insulin-like growth factor-II in ovine wound fluid: Developmental regulation.

    CHOP scarless fetal wound healing publications

  • I note also that your spell-checker great idea btw objects to 'ovine' - why?

    Open Thread

  • The ovine crime wave began, insurance company and farm union officials say, after global food prices started jumping again.

    Bull market? No, sheep are the newest commodity.

  • Living proof that RNC prominence is fading and the ovine followers are dwindling in number since savvy people are beginning to see the light instead of being allowed to be smitten by blind fanaticism.

    Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race tightens up

  • Well, it looks like I will be writing an article for a farm magazine, possibly 'Sheep!' magazine which is my favorite ovine* magazine.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • His slightly ovine little face is only saved from total oblivion by the large pale ears on which the helmet rests.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I could only assume that it was predating some ovine parasites and it made me wonder whether this complimentary veterinarian service had ever been entered in the farmer's logbook of magpie crimes and misdemeanours.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • Crofab is a mixture of Fab fragments produced by a sheep (ovine) where as ACP is derived from a horse (equine).

    Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine)

  • He happened to be visiting his older brother, Jakub, who was living at the old sheep camp and tending the Hetmanski flock through the summer; she happened to be running an errand for the Fates and her father to drop off a bottle of his special herbal ovine fertility concoction.

    Excerpt: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

  • Ordinarily, of course, a maiden meeting with a bachelor alone - and over the matter of ovine procreation no less - would be considered verboten or nilzya or whatever the Polish equivalent was before the Nazis and the Soviets routed the language and appropriated all the words for forbiddenness.

    Excerpt: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

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