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[ah-oo-dad] /ˈɑ ʊˌdæd/
a wild sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of northern Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs.
Also called Barbary sheep.
1860-65; < French < Berber, equivalent to a- masculine singular prefix + udad ram Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for aoudad


a wild mountain sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of N Africa, having horns curved in a semicircle and long hair covering the neck and forelegs Also called Barbary sheep
Word Origin
from French, from Berber audad
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Encyclopedia Article for aoudad

(Ammotragus lervia), north African sheep, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla). The only wild sheep in Africa, the aoudad stands about 102 centimetres (40 inches) at the shoulder. It has a fringe of long, soft hair hanging from its throat and forequarters and has semicircular horns that curve outward, back, and then inward over the neck. Both fringe and horns are more pronounced in the male. The aoudad lives in dry, mountainous or broken country and associates in small family groups. It can go without water for about five days. When threatened, the aoudad stands motionless and is concealed by its tawny brown coat, which blends with the surrounding rocks

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