from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inclosure for sheep; a sheepfold.


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  • The sheep ran huddling together against the hurdles, blowing out thin nostrils and stamping with delicate fore-feet, their heads thrown back and a light steam rising from the crowded sheep-pen into the frosty air, as the two animals hastened by in high spirits, with much chatter and laughter.

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  • Plodding at random across the plough, they had heard the sheep and had made for them; and now, leading from the sheep-pen, they found a beaten track that made walking a lighter business, and responded, moreover, to that small inquiring something which all animals carry inside them, saying unmistakably, `Yes, quite right; this leads home!'

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  • These were often accompanied by Basque shepherds who had earlier emigrated in search of work to the sheep-pen the British made of Australia.

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  • An ewe is held three or four times a day for the little thing to suck, and a nest of wool is made for it in the sheep-pen; at no time is it allowed to associate with other dogs, or with the children of the family.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • We left the sentinels tied up in an abandoned sheep-pen, but the rest of them will be up by now, and none so far behind us.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • ‘There are too many wolves seeking their meat in too small a sheep-pen,’ said Attalus, and Philip nodded.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • 'There are too many wolves seeking their meat in too small a sheep-pen,' said Attalus, and Philip nodded.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • Cattle grazed on the mountainside and a sheep-pen had been built beside a fast-moving stream.


  • They could see the stone walls of the sheep-pen on the rising ground beyond, but not until they had wound their way through the first belt of trees did John Druel's tenant-farm reveal itself to their appalled sight.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • When their eyes all turned to me, it was too late to run out and spend the night in the sheep-pen.

    The Praise Singer


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