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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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  • Fort Sarpy was on the right bank of the Yellowstone, twenty-five miles above the mouth of the bighorn.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • They had stumbled in the dark on the bedding-place of a flock of bighorn.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The Indians called this the bighorn, which agreed with the statement of the two trappers, of whom we had inquired.

  • "bighorn doesn't care for neighbors as you do, Peter," said she.

  • Mr. Campbell took command of his own boats, and the little squadrons were soon gliding down the bright current of the bighorn.

  • Most of all he was afraid of bighorn, for it was bighorn who captured him.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • bighorn was angry when the strangers first came, but soon he became alarmed.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • When the boys heard what Chipper said, they were playing they were bighorn and Chipper.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • This was of the Colorado bighorn species, and at the time of measurement the owner had been dead about two months.

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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