Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wild sheep (Ammotragus lervia) native to northern Africa and naturalized in the southwestern United States, having long, curved horns and long hair on the neck and chest.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The Barbary sheep, Ammotragus lervia.

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

  • noun wild sheep of northern Africa

Etymologies

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

[French, from Berber audad.]

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    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

  • 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

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