Definitions

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

  • noun A small wild sheep (Ovis orientalis syn. O. gmelini) native to southwestern Asia and islands of the Mediterranean, having a brown coat and, in the male, a white patch on the back and curved horns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A wild sheep; an animal of the genus Ovis, particularly the musimon, O. musimon.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) A wild sheep (Ovis musimon), inhabiting the mountains of Sardinia, Corsica, etc. Its horns are very large, with a triangular base and rounded angles. It is supposed by some to be the original of the domestic sheep. Called also musimon or musmon.

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

  • noun wild mountain sheep of Corsica and Sardinia

Etymologies

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

[French, alteration of Italian dialectal muvrone, from Late Latin mufrō, mufrōn-.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French mouflon, from Italian muflone, from Late Latin mufrō ("wild sheep"), related to Latin musimo ("wild sheep"), both probably of pre-Latin origin. From 1765-75.

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  • See also musmon.

    August 26, 2008