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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sheep
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a pig/sheep/cattle farm
▪ A pig farm in Dorset is the suspected source of the epidemic.
bighorn sheep
black sheep
▪ Amy’s always been the black sheep of the family.
sheep dip
sheep dip
sheep/dairy/livestock etc farming
the black sheep of the family
▪ Amy’s always been the black sheep of the family.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ I wanted to be the black sheep.
▪ Me, an old bag of black sheep.
▪ Then I became the black sheep and I found to my horror that everyone thought I was off my bloody head.
▪ Families who want to eliminate a black sheep from their photo albums now have a place to go.
▪ Faith is treated as the odd man out, the misfit, the black sheep.
▪ Even in this questionable industry, meanwhile, the Connecticut leasing operation is clearly the black sheep.
▪ Nomatterwhere you are, there are always a few black sheep.
▪ Are twins to become the moral equivalent of black sheep?
dead
▪ Relentlessly, the amazing force of the tide rolled and twisted his body along like a dead sheep.
▪ Judy Boone arrived home to find 28 dead sheep pressed against her fence.
▪ In fact it was still alive and had to be destroyed. Dead sheep and lambs were found in farm machinery.
▪ Several of the dead sheep were carried off to the state capital of Villahermosa 30 miles away for examination.
▪ It was a dead sheep, caught on the buttress of the bridge, and its dark-swollen face was fish-nibbled.
▪ The local veterinarian who examined two of the dead sheep says a coyote never kills the way these sheep were killed.
▪ Heather played the pacifist role, pointing out that despite all the litter and dead sheep it was quite a nice campsite.
▪ These dead sheep had only puncture wounds.
■ NOUN
bighorn
▪ Equally threatening are the dozens of federally subsidized cattle ranches that have depleted underground water sources used by antelope and bighorn sheep.
▪ Four Peaks is home to black bear, deer, javelina, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and other animals.
▪ Below right A male bighorn sheep with a particularly fine set of horns.
▪ Desert bighorn sheep are found mainly in rugged country.
▪ A male bighorn sheep curls back his upper lip in an attempt to determine the reproductive state of a female close by.
▪ The area is also home to 80 bighorn sheep.
▪ The bighorn sheep, very good to eat, was a logical source of provender in the hill country.
dip
▪ That sheep dip is singularly disagreeable to a golden eagle is one reason for its rarity.
▪ Perhaps an agricultural supplier was giving them away free with every 200 gallons of sheep dip.
▪ The Fawcetts had a sheep dip and we would take ours there, but the shearing was quite a problem for me.
▪ Symptoms of poisoning by the chemical, which is used in sheep dip, include nausea, headaches and muscle spasms.
▪ An old paint tin, a burst packet of sheep dip.
▪ Mobile sheep dip eases chemical disposal problems.
▪ Previous errors have included a sheep dip targeted after it was mistaken for a surface-to-air missile launch site.
farm
▪ Tests began at the sheep farm 48 hours ago.
▪ Outside of Tashkent, where Chusovitina grew up, there were sheep farms and ranches.
farmer
▪ His support of the official scientific view that eagles are no threat to the sheep farmer is also worth having.
▪ Like all sheep farmers, Peter Capener in Staffordshire faced this situation ... until he installed two 3W infra-red heaters.
▪ Read in studio A sheep farmer is rearing his biggest ever lamb ... a giant youngster twice the normal weight at birth.
▪ Brussels brings cold comfort to sheep farmers.
▪ Individual identification is out, sheep farmers will be relieved to hear.
▪ She had previously been a pharmacist, a sheep farmer and a student of ecology.
▪ A sheep farmer produces raw wool and sells it to a mill for £10.
farming
▪ The former manor spread over several parishes, with a particular emphasis on sheep farming backed up by a large wheat crop.
▪ Later he started sheep farming, employing a few of his old workers.
▪ The traditional agricultural land use in the Pentland Hills is sheep farming, mainly of pure bred Blackface flocks.
flock
▪ The sheep flocks were to have their restrictions lifted immediately.
■ VERB
drive
▪ His job was to drive some 50-100 sheep around to crop the fairways and rough and then return them back to Hunts.
▪ Maybe farmers had once driven their sheep up here for the summer grasses.
▪ Sheepdogs are also particularly alert to stray sheep and can easily be taught to drive stray sheep back to the shepherd.
▪ Well I mind the time - I was young then of course - when we'd drive the sheep from Beckwith to Shepton.
feed
▪ Any unsold can be fed to cattle or sheep.
▪ Alternatively they can be lifted and clamped up to mid-December, and fed to cattle and sheep until the end of February.
graze
▪ Where the reclaimed tips are not grazed by sheep, plants enter readily.
▪ The field where the outbreak has originated may be grazed by sheep or rested until the following June.
▪ Farmers can use it only to graze sheep, in flocks of 200 or so ewes with their lambs in spring.
▪ Many parks were deer parks, others were grazed by cattle, sheep and horses.
▪ Tam was on all fours, a wood chisel in his hand, apparently sneaking up on a grazing sheep.
▪ Following treatment, lambs should be moved to pasture not grazed by sheep that year, otherwise they will immediately become reinfected.
▪ This part of the Long Mynd, heavily grazed by sheep until recently, is now devoid of them.
keep
▪ Good in the hedges, too, for keeping cattle and sheep out of planted places.
▪ When John Ainsworth died in 1992, Zona Ainsworth decided to keep the sheep.
▪ Felt was an almost inevitable consequence of keeping woolly sheep.
▪ It meant people who kept sheep were happy.
▪ Most of it they have left as moorland on which they keep sheep.
▪ The farmers keep sheep on the open moorlands.
▪ Oliffe has already admitted keeping 300 sheep in pens surrounded by broken bottles and barbed wire in Gloucester.
kill
▪ If they kill the sheep you know what they do to the wolf.
▪ Stop them from killing the sheep.
▪ The local veterinarian who examined two of the dead sheep says a coyote never kills the way these sheep were killed.
sell
▪ I was to learn that one of my air gunners had sold the sheep, and he seemed to go into hiding.
▪ He had sold all his sheep and bought a truck, and was trying to convince others that they should follow suit.
▪ He saw in to the future and sold his camels and sheep and bought this land.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
I/you might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb
a wolf in sheep's clothing
▪ If ever there was a wolf in sheep's clothing this Bill is it.
count sheep
head of cattle/sheep etc
▪ During the 1880s the Scandinavian countries sent an average 106,244 head of cattle to Britain every year.
▪ He now clears just what he needs to support crops and a few head of cattle.
▪ Of the nearly 18,000 head of cattle imported through Colombo in 1901, over sixty percent were immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.
▪ The tribe typically runs about 17, 000 head of cattle on its ranges, but the numbers are dwindling.
▪ Three raids alone in 1736 led to the loss of 1,026 head of cattle.
▪ We met one nomad driving 40 head of cattle in the baking sun, hours from the nearest village.
mob of sheep/cattle
separate the sheep from the goats
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a sheep ranch
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He and a Boston friend bought a ranch in Laramie and raised sheep, then steer, on the open range.
▪ He says that if you hold the sheep properly, it won't struggle.
▪ Her father left things with her for mending, like a sheep leaves its wool on a fence, in passing.
▪ The 17, 248 sheep in attendance never got things to eardrum-shattering decibels, which was both unusual and a relief.
▪ The real problem, they say, is overgrazing by the sheep.
▪ When we stepped on board we found the boat largely occupied by sheep, always very smelly companions in a steamer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sheep

Sheep \Sheep\, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce['a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. Sheepherd.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia.

    Note: 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.
    --Ainsworth.

  3. pl. Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd.

    Rocky mountain sheep.(Zo["o]l.) See Bighorn.

    Maned sheep. (Zo["o]l.) See Aoudad.

    Sheep bot (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the sheep botfly. See Estrus.

    Sheep dog (Zo["o]l.), a shepherd dog, or collie.

    Sheep laurel (Bot.), a small North American shrub ( Kalmia angustifolia) with deep rose-colored flowers in corymbs.

    Sheep pest (Bot.), an Australian plant ( Ac[ae]na ovina) related to the burnet. The fruit is covered with barbed spines, by which it adheres to the wool of sheep.

    Sheep run, an extensive tract of country where sheep range and graze.

    Sheep's beard (Bot.), a cichoraceous herb ( Urospermum Dalechampii) of Southern Europe; -- so called from the conspicuous pappus of the achenes.

    Sheep's bit (Bot.), a European herb ( Jasione montana) having much the appearance of scabious.

    Sheep pox (Med.), a contagious disease of sheep, characterixed by the development of vesicles or pocks upon the skin.

    Sheep scabious. (Bot.) Same as Sheep's bit.

    Sheep shears, shears in which the blades form the two ends of a steel bow, by the elasticity of which they open as often as pressed together by the hand in cutting; -- so called because used to cut off the wool of sheep.

    Sheep sorrel. (Bot.), a prerennial herb ( Rumex Acetosella) growing naturally on poor, dry, gravelly soil. Its leaves have a pleasant acid taste like sorrel.

    Sheep's-wool (Zo["o]l.), the highest grade of Florida commercial sponges ( Spongia equina, variety gossypina).

    Sheep tick (Zo["o]l.), a wingless parasitic insect ( Melophagus ovinus) belonging to the Diptera. It fixes its proboscis in the skin of the sheep and sucks the blood, leaving a swelling. Called also sheep pest, and sheep louse.

    Sheep walk, a pasture for sheep; a sheep run.

    Wild sheep. (Zo["o]l.) See Argali, Mouflon, and O["o]rial.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
sheep

ruminant mammal, Old English sceap, scep, from West Germanic *skæpan (cognates: Old Saxon scap, Old Frisian skep, Middle Low German schap, Middle Dutch scaep, Dutch schaap, Old High German scaf, German Schaf), of unknown origin. Not found in Scandinavian (Danish has faar for "sheep") or Gothic (which uses lamb), and with no known cognates outside Germanic. The more usual Indo-European word for the animal is represented in English by ewe.\n

\nThe plural form was leveled with the singular in Old English, but Old Northumbrian had a plural scipo. Used since Old English as a type of timidity and figuratively of those under the guidance of God. The meaning "stupid, timid person" is attested from 1540s. The image of the wolf in sheep's clothing was in Old English (from Matt. vii:15); that of separating the sheep from the goats is from Matt. xxv:33. To count sheep in a bid to induce sleep is recorded from 1854 but seems not to have been commonly written about until 1870s. It might simply be a type of a tedious activity, but an account of shepherd life from Australia from 1849 ["Sidney's Emigrant's Journal"] describes the night-shepherd ("hut-keeper") taking a count of the sheep regularly at the end of his shift to protect against being answerable for any animals later lost or killed. \n

\nSheep's eyes "loving looks" is attested from 1520s (compare West Frisian skiepseach, Dutch schaapsoog, German Schafsauge). A sheep-biter was "a dog that worries sheep" (1540s); "a mutton-monger" (1590s); and "a whore-monger" (1610s, i.e. one who "chases mutton"); hence Shakespeare's sheep-biting "thieving, sneaky."

Wiktionary
sheep

n. 1 A woolly ruminant of the genus ''Ovis''. 2 A timid, shy person who is easily led by others. 3 (context chiefly humorous English) (shoop English)

WordNet
sheep
  1. n. woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat

  2. a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon

  3. a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision; "his students followed him like sheep"

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Wikipedia
Sheep (song)

"Sheep" is a song by English band Pink Floyd, released on the album Animals in 1977. In 1974, it was originally titled "Raving and Drooling".

Sheep (video game)

Sheep is a strategy puzzle video game released for PlayStation, Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. In 2001 it was released for OS X by Feral Interactive.

Sheep (album)

Sheep is an album by Massachusetts folk musician Zoë Lewis, released in 1998.

Sheep (novel)

Sheep is a horror novel by British author Simon Maginn, originally published in 1994 and reissued in 1997. It is now out of print. The book provided the basis for the 2005 film The Dark, although the plot changed drastically in the conversion from book to film.

Sheep (disambiguation)

Sheep are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals that are typically kept as livestock.

Sheep may also refer to:

  • Animals of the genus Ovis, including Domestic Sheep, Bighorn Sheep, Dall Sheep, Argali, and Mouflon
  • Animals of the genus Ammotragus (Barbary Sheep), rare or extinct ruminants
  • "Sheep" (novel), a novel by British author Simon Maginn
  • "Sheep" (song), a song by Pink Floyd on the album Animals
  • The Sheep, a character in the novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Sheep (video game), a puzzle video game
  • SHEEP (symbolic computation system)
  • The Sheep, a fictional character from the novel Animal Farm
SHEEP (symbolic computation system)

SHEEP is one of the earliest interactive symbolic computation systems. It is specialized for computations with tensors, and was designed for the needs of researchers working with general relativity and other theories involving extensive tensor calculus computations.

SHEEP is an freeware package (copyrighted, but free for educational and research use).

The name "SHEEP" is pun on the Lisp Algebraic Manipulator or LAM on which SHEEP is based. The package was written by Inge Frick, using earlier work by Ian Cohen and Ray d'Inverno, who had written ALAM - Atlas LISP Algebraic Manipulation in earlier (designed in 1970). SHEEP was an interactive computer package whereas LAM and ALAM were batch processing languages.

Jan E. Åman wrote an important package in SHEEP to carry out the Cartan-Karlhede algorithm. A more recent version of SHEEP, written by Jim Skea, runs under Cambridge Lisp, which is also used for REDUCE.

Sheep

The sheep (Ovis aries) is a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it almost always refers to Ovis aries. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep. An adult female sheep is referred to as a ewe , an intact male as a ram or occasionally a tup, a castrated male as a wether, and a younger sheep as a lamb.

Sheep are most likely descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia. One of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes, sheep are raised for fleece, meat (lamb, hogget or mutton) and milk. A sheep's wool is the most widely used animal fiber, and is usually harvested by shearing. Ovine meat is called lamb when from younger animals and mutton when from older ones. Sheep continue to be important for wool and meat today, and are also occasionally raised for pelts, as dairy animals, or as model organisms for science.

Sheep husbandry is practised throughout the majority of the inhabited world, and has been fundamental to many civilizations. In the modern era, Australia, New Zealand, the southern and central South American nations, and the British Isles are most closely associated with sheep production.

Sheepraising has a large lexicon of unique terms which vary considerably by region and dialect. Use of the word sheep began in Middle English as a derivation of the Old English word scēap; it is both the singular and plural name for the animal. A group of sheep is called a flock, herd or mob. Many other specific terms for the various life stages of sheep exist, generally related to lambing, shearing, and age.

Being a key animal in the history of farming, sheep have a deeply entrenched place in human culture, and find representation in much modern language and symbology. As livestock, sheep are most often associated with pastoral, Arcadian imagery. Sheep figure in many mythologies—such as the Golden Fleece—and major religions, especially the Abrahamic traditions. In both ancient and modern religious ritual, sheep are used as sacrificial animals.

Sheep (The Housemartins song)

"Sheep" is the second single released by British Indie rock band The Housemartins. It appeared on the album London 0 Hull 4.

Usage examples of "sheep".

Granny Aching had nodded to the men, who grabbed the sheep and dragged it back into the barn.

Origin, history, distribution, characteristics, adaptability, uses, and standards of excellence of all pedigreed breeds of cattle, sheep and swine in America.

So he went to his place and fell asleep and slept long, while the women went down to acre and meadow, or saw to the baking of bread or the sewing of garments, or went far afield to tend the neat and the sheep.

I was especially happy whenever I was sent afield to take the place of some peasant shepherd who was ill or drunk or otherwise incapacitated, for I enjoyed being by myself in the green pastures, and the herding of sheep is no backbreaking job.

Sirius could now travel far afield and doctor sick sheep without Pugh having to accompany him.

There was a sight of folks there, gentlemen and ladies in the public room--I never seed so many afore except at commencement day--all ready for a start, and when the gong sounded, off we sot like a flock of sheep.

Proudhon reduce themselves, then, to this: since the most skillful agriculturists are those who have reduced the heads of sheep to the smallest size, we shall have arrived at the highest agricultural perfection when sheep have no longer any heads.

There is a land encircled by lofty mountains, rich in sheep and in pasture, where Prometheus, son of Iapetus, begat goodly Deucalion, who first founded cities and reared temples to the immortal gods, and first ruled over men.

The guid beuk forbids fornication with human beings and bestiality with sheep and other dumb brutes, but it says nocht about wimbling with extra-terrestrial hominoids.

Ibou pored over a thick roll of yellowing parchment that smelled powerfully of sheep skin and on which, to his infinite lack of interest, various sums and comments were recorded relative to the Varna beylic for the year 1677, he popped the question.

More ominously, Lisa noted a collection of goats and blue bharal sheep gathered in the penned corrals.

There was a biggish kraal in the bottom, and a lot of goats and leggy Kaffir sheep on the slopes.

She was frankly glad that Billabong devoted most of its energies to cattle, and only put up with the sheep work because, since Daddy was there, it never occurred to her to do anything else but go.

I vaguely knew that he was the black sheep younger son of a titled Irish family, and that he had walked many strange ways.

I said nothing against the buccaneer, whom I knew to be the disinherited black sheep of a powerful Irish family, but I experienced a strange sensation of pleasure to learn from her lips just what their relationship was to each other.