mouflon

[moof-lon]
noun
a wild sheep, Ovis musimon, inhabiting the mountainous regions of Sardinia and Corsica, the male of which has large curving horns.
Also, moufflon.


Origin:
1765–75; < French < Italian muflone, orig. dial.; compare Corsican muffolo, Sardinian murone, Late Latin mufrō, stem mufrōn-, presumably < a pre-L substratal language

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mouflon or moufflon (ˈmuːflɒn)
 
n
a wild short-fleeced mountain sheep, Ovis musimon, of Corsica and Sardinia
 
[C18: via French from Corsican mufrone, from Late Latin mufrō]
 
moufflon or moufflon
 
n
 
[C18: via French from Corsican mufrone, from Late Latin mufrō]

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mouflon

(Ovis musimon), small wild sheep, family Bovidae (order Artiodactyla), of Corsica, Sardinia, and Cyprus. The mouflon stands about 70 cm (27-28 inches) at the shoulder and is reddish brown with white underparts. The male has a light, saddle-shaped mark on its back and bears large, curving horns with the tips turned outward. The female is hornless. The mouflon has been introduced into parts of Europe but has become endangered in its original range. It is thought by some to be one of the animals from which the domestic sheep (Ovis aries) was derived

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