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

  • n. The act of shearing sheep.
  • n. The time or season when sheep are sheared.
  • n. Festivities held at this time.

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  • n. The act of shearing sheep.


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  • Gen. 38: 13 states that Tamar was told: “Your father-in-law is coming up to Timnah for the sheepshearing,” thus implying that Timnah was a high place.

    Tamar: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Absalom casually invited David to come along on a family sheepshearing.

    The Shepherd’s Song

  • When he has "recovered from his grief" (wayyinnachem really means "was comforted") it happens to be the time for sheepshearing, a season of general festivity and hilarity.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • As it just happened, the rather important task of sheepshearing was just engrossing Laban's attention.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The 'servant-monster' was an obvious allusion to Caliban, and 'the nest of Antics' was a glance at the satyrs who figure in the sheepshearing feast in 'A Winter's Tale. '

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • In another Epode (Epod. ii) he recalls his boyish memories in praise of country life: the vines wedded to poplars in the early spring, after that the sheepshearing, later still the grape-gathering and honey harvest; when winter comes, the hunting of the boar by day, at night the cheery meal with wife and children upon olives, sorrel, mallows, beside the crackling log-piled hearth.


  • We noticed that it was sheepshearing time at his place, and many sheep were in the act of losing their winter covering.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland

  • It's a signature event that draws thousands each year, but there will be more than sheepshearing going on at the Gore Place tomorrow.

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  • Of course, there is the sheepshearing where traditional hand shearing as well as electric shearing techniques will be demonstrated on sheep from the Gore farm.

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  • Gore lived in England at one point and was known to attend sheepshearing festivals there.

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