Sheep dog

Sheep dog
Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce['a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus {Ovis}, native of the higher mountains of both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia. [1913 Webster]

Note: The domestic sheep ({Ovis aries}) varies much in size, in the length and texture of its wool, the form and size of its horns, the length of its tail, etc. It was domesticated in prehistoric ages, and many distinct breeds have been produced; as the merinos, celebrated for their fine wool; the Cretan sheep, noted for their long horns; the fat-tailed, or Turkish, sheep, remarkable for the size and fatness of the tail, which often has to be supported on trucks; the Southdowns, in which the horns are lacking; and an Asiatic breed which always has four horns. [1913 Webster]

2. A weak, bashful, silly fellow. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd. [1913 Webster]

{Rocky mountain sheep}.(Zo["o]l.) See {Bighorn}.

{Maned sheep}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Aoudad}.

{Sheep bot} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the sheep botfly. See {Estrus}.

{Sheep dog} (Zo["o]l.), a shepherd dog, or collie.

{Sheep laurel} (Bot.), a small North American shrub ({Kalmia angustifolia}) with deep rose-colored flowers in corymbs.

{Sheep pest} (Bot.), an Australian plant ({Ac[ae]na ovina}) related to the burnet. The fruit is covered with barbed spines, by which it adheres to the wool of sheep.

{Sheep run}, an extensive tract of country where sheep range and graze.

{Sheep's beard} (Bot.), a cichoraceous herb ({Urospermum Dalechampii}) of Southern Europe; -- so called from the conspicuous pappus of the achenes.

{Sheep's bit} (Bot.), a European herb ({Jasione montana}) having much the appearance of scabious.

{Sheep pox} (Med.), a contagious disease of sheep, characterixed by the development of vesicles or pocks upon the skin.

{Sheep scabious}. (Bot.) Same as {Sheep's bit}.

{Sheep shears}, shears in which the blades form the two ends of a steel bow, by the elasticity of which they open as often as pressed together by the hand in cutting; -- so called because used to cut off the wool of sheep.

{Sheep sorrel}. (Bot.), a prerennial herb ({Rumex Acetosella}) growing naturally on poor, dry, gravelly soil. Its leaves have a pleasant acid taste like sorrel.

{Sheep's-wool} (Zo["o]l.), the highest grade of Florida commercial sponges ({Spongia equina}, variety {gossypina}).

{Sheep tick} (Zo["o]l.), a wingless parasitic insect ({Melophagus ovinus}) belonging to the Diptera. It fixes its proboscis in the skin of the sheep and sucks the blood, leaving a swelling. Called also {sheep pest}, and {sheep louse}.

{Sheep walk}, a pasture for sheep; a sheep run.

{Wild sheep}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Argali}, {Mouflon}, and {O["o]rial}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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