Definition of Sheep

1. Noun. Woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat.

Generic synonyms: Bovid
Group relationships: Genus Ovis, Ovis, Flock, Fold, Herd
Specialized synonyms: Ewe, Ram, Tup, Wether, Black Sheep, Domestic Sheep, Ovis Aries
Terms within: Trotter, Withers

2. Noun. A timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon.
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton

3. Noun. A docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision. "His students followed him like sheep"
Generic synonyms: Follower

Definition of Sheep

1. n. sing. & pl. Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia.

Definition of Sheep

1. Noun. A woolly ruminant of the genus ''Ovis''. ¹

2. Noun. A timid, shy person who is easily led by others. ¹

3. Noun. (plural of shoop#Etymology 2 shoop) ¹

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Definition of Sheep

1. a ruminant mammal [n SHEEP]

Medical Definition of Sheep

1. 1. Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia. The domestic sheep (Ovis aries) varies much in size, in the length and texture of its wool, the form and size of its horns, the length of its tail, etc. It was domesticated in prehistoric ages, and many distinct breeds have been produced; as the merinos, celebrated for their fine wool; the Cretan sheep, noted for their long horns; the fat-tailed, or Turkish, sheep, remarkable for the size and fatness of the tail, which often has to be supported on trucks; the Southdowns, in which the horns are lacking; and an Asiatic breed which always has four horns. 2. A weak, bashful, silly fellow. 3. Rocky mountain sheep. 4. A shepherd dog, or collie. Sheep laurel See Argali, Mouflon, and Oorial. Origin: OE. Shep, scheep, AS. Scp, sceap; akin to OFries. Skp, LG. & D. Schaap, G. Schaf, OHG. Scaf, Skr. Chaga. Cf. Sheepherd. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sheep

sheep (current term)
sheep's eye
sheep's eyes
sheep's fescue
sheep's sorrel
sheep-pox virus

Literary usage of Sheep

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1912)
"Product and price of sheep and wool In Ashland Co. (8 same 1853: 75. ... sheep of Ashtabula Co.; comparatively little attention paid to growing of fine wool ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In the year 1800 there were only 6124 sheep, 1044 head of cattle, 203 horses and 4017 pigs in ... The first sheep imported were from the Cape of Good Hope, ..."

3. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1910)
"sheep Without a Shepherd By WM. C. BARNES So they were scattered without a shepherd ... E are apt to think that a people we of the Take sheep, for instance. ..."

4. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1899)
"sheep RAISING. By RM Bell, of Decatur. He said he would not talk about sheep ... Every man must think of sheep raising as suits his own particular farm. ..."

5. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1898)
"I am a thorough believer in sheep, or the animal with the "golden hoof," and I ... Show me the farm that has continually carried a flock of sheep and I will ..."

6. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1901)
"Every farmer should be the owner of at least a few sheep. ... To make a long story short, I turned in the whole flock of sheep and in a few weeks they had ..."

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