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[big-hawrn] /ˈbɪgˌhɔrn/
noun, plural bighorns (especially collectively) bighorn.
a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns.
Origin of bighorn
1775-85, Americanism; big1 + horn


[big-hawrn] /ˈbɪgˌhɔrn/
a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 miles (540 km) long.

Bighorn Mountains

plural noun
a mountain range in N Wyoming, part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Cloud Peak, 13,165 feet (4013 meters).
Also called Bighorns. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bighorn


noun (pl) -horns, -horn
a large wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, inhabiting mountainous regions in North America and NE Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. The male has massive curved horns, and the species is well adapted for climbing and leaping
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