from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various usually horned ruminant mammals of the genus Ovis in the family Bovidae, especially the domesticated species O. aries, raised in many breeds for wool, edible flesh, or skin.
- n. Leather made from the skin of one of these animals.
- n. A person regarded as timid, weak, or submissive.
- n. One who is easily swayed or led.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis.
- n. A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.
- n. Plural form of shoop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia.
- n. A weak, bashful, silly fellow.
- n. Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ruminant mammal of the family Bovidæ, subfamily Orinæ, and genus Ovis; specifically, Ovis aries, domesticated in many varieties, and one of the animals most useful to man.
- n. Leather made from sheepskin, especially split leather used in bookbinding.
- n. In contempt, a silly fellow.
- n. A shepherd.
- To pasture sheep upon; use as a sheep-range.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
- n. a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
- n. a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision
okay, this is completely unrelated, but you mentioned goat cheese and that made me think of sheep, and since you're in NZ, i've been wanting to ask if you've seen the movie _black sheep_--you know, since it's about man-eating genetically modified sheep roaming the NZ countryside. again, totally unrelated to your post.
How long must a sheep actually measure to come under the denomination of _a long sheep_? "
We came suddenly upon a flock of gigantic wild sheep, feeding on scanty tufts of dried sedge and grass; there were twenty-five of these enormous animals, of whose dimensions the term sheep gives no idea: they are very long-legged, stand as high as a calf, and have immense horns, so large that the fox is said to take up his abode in their hollows, when detached and bleaching, on the barren mountains of Tibet.
Not only was this patently false, but it amounted to another insult: The word sheep in Russian is roughly equivalent to jackass.
They're the people Jesus was aiming for when He taught that the sheep is the MODEL for good human behavior.
Tasering a sheep is a cheap and effective way of cooking it, considering the current cost of energy. on October 7, 2008 at 10: 18 am | Reply Retired Sgt
In the end, what gets you a sheep is your eyes and your legs, but your two most essential tools are your rifle and your binoculars.
I suppose he was not a cow-dog, but what they call a sheep-dog.
Christ's offering up himself for his sheep is another proof of his being a good shepherd, and in this he yet more commended his love, v. (a.)
Another crofter described going close to a sea eagle's nest and finding what he described as a sheep's graveyard.