argali

argali

[ahr-guh-lee]
noun, plural argali.
a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, of Asia, having long, curved horns that typically form an open, outwardly extended spiral: rare or endangered.
Also, argal.


Origin:
1770–80; < Mongolian: female mountain sheep

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argali or argal (ˈɑːɡəlɪ)
 
n , pl -gali, -gals
a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, inhabiting semidesert regions in central Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. It is the largest of the sheep, having massive horns in the male, which may almost form a circle
 
[C18: from Mongolian]
 
argal or argal
 
n
 
[C18: from Mongolian]

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argali

(Ovis ammon), the largest living wild sheep, found in the highlands of eastern Central Asia. It may stand 1.3 m (4 feet) high at the shoulders and weigh more than 140 kg (300 pounds). Large horns, present in the rams, are especially massive in the Pamir argali, or Marco Polo sheep, in which they may be 1.8 m (6 feet) or more in length

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