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

  • n. A sheep with black fleece.
  • n. A member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see black,‎ sheep.
  • n. a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person
  • n. a disliked person; one who is disfavored

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. one in a family or company who is unlike the rest, and makes trouble.

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

  • n. a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
  • n. sheep with a black coat

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  • Someone different from other members of the family (not necessarily with a negative sense)

    November 20, 2007