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- n. Alternative form of urial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wild, bearded sheep inhabiting the Ladakh mountains. It is reddish brown, with a dark beard from the chin to the chest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of wild sheep, Ovis cycloceros, or O. blanfordi, a native of Asia.
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The morning after Tom Ellison had left the camp a shikari went to Mark with the information that some oorial (wild sheep) were feeding about half a mile away, and Mark, who was a keen sportsman, promptly got his rifle and went with the shikari.
Mark was able to get a long shot, but missed, so sat down while the shikari climbed the peaks around to try and find the oorial again.
He did not wish to fire at it lest he should startle the oorial if they had halted anywhere near, so he picked up a stone and threw it at the animal when next he saw it.
During the heat of the day the oorial conceal themselves a good deal, retiring to the most secluded places, but often coming down to feed in the evening on the crops surrounding the villages.
This sheep was for some time, and is still by some, confounded with the oorial (_Ovis cycloceros_), but there are distinct differences, as will be seen further on, when I sum up the evidence.
Had he gone after oorial he would have taken his rifle and would have been accompanied by the shikari, "said the Doctor, who was greatly distressed about his son's disappearance.
When fired at, oorial usually go leisurely away, stopping to gaze every now and then, so that several shots may often be fired at one herd. "
He gives the following account of its habits: "The oorial is found among low stony hills and ravines, which are generally more or less covered with thin jungle, consisting principally of thorny bushes.