Definitions

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

  • noun A wild sheep (Ovis vignei syn. O. orientalis subsp. vignei), of Central and South Asia, having a reddish-brown coat and long, curved horns in the male.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A wild sheep, Ovis vignei, of northern India, some-what resembling the bighorn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bearded reddish sheep, Ovis orientalis (alternatively Ovis orientalis vignei or Ovis vignei), endemic to southern Asia, being a wild ancestor of domestic sheep.

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

  • noun bearded reddish sheep of southern Asia

Etymologies

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

[Western dialectal Punjabi huṛeāl (eastern Punjabi huṛiār), from Prakrit huḍa-, ram, from Sanskrit huḍaḥ, of unknown origin.]

Examples

  • In addition, urial faces threats from loss of habitat and grazing land due to competition from flocks of domestic livestock as the majority of land in the ecoregion is used for sheep pastures, in some areas year-round.

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands

  • The diversity of fauna is equally rich and includes threatened species such as snow leopards, Siberian ibex, Bukhara urial, and numerous birds, fishes, reptiles, and amphibians.

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands

  • In addition, urial faces threats from loss of habitat and grazing land due to competition from flocks of domestic livestock as the majority of land in the ecoregion is used for sheep pastures, in some areas year-round.

    Badkhiz-Karabil semi-desert

  • The wild sheep, or Bukhara urial (Ovis vignei bocharensis) and markhor goat (Capra falconeri) occur in the southern spurs of the Gissar range (Kugitang, Baisuntau, and Babatag mountains).

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands

  • Wild sheep or urial (Ovis (vignei) orientalis) lives in the arid mountains and foothills within two protected areas (less then 2,000 animals).

    Kopet Dag woodlands and forest steppe

  • The third large ungulate in Badghyz is the wild sheep, or urial (Ovis (orientalis) vignei varentsovi) which was heavily hunted but remains common within the Badghyz Reserve (the most recent estimates approve about 700, no more then 1,000 animals).

    Badkhiz-Karabil semi-desert

  • They include markhor (Capra falconeri), ibex (Capra ibex), and urial (Ovis orientalis).

    Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe

  • The Suleiman markhor, Afghan urial, and Ladahk urial are listed as endangered, and the Chiltan wild goat is indicated as critically endangered on IUCN's Red List of threatened animals database.

    Sulaiman Range alpine meadows

  • Three species of goitered gazelles, the Chiltan wild goat, and the Afghan urial are considered vulnerable.

    Baluchistan xeric woodlands

  • Their numbers during the last surveys were not higher than 300-400 animals for markhor, and 300 for urial.

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands

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