Sheep's bit
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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  • sheep's bit — ▪ plant       (Jasione montana), annual to biennial herb of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), bearing clustered heads of blue flowers. The plants grow scattered in sandy or acid fields or meadows, and they also grow on cliffsides. Sheep s… …   Universalium

  • sheep's-bit — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun (plural sheep s bits) : a European herb (Jasione montana) that is adventive in the eastern United States and has blue flowers somewhat resembling those of scabious * * * sheep s bit ● scabious …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheep's bit — /ˈʃips bɪt/ (say sheeps bit) noun a biennial herb with dense heads of small blue flowers, Jasione montana, occurring in grasslands in Europe …   Australian English dictionary

  • sheep's-bit — noun a blue flowered plant resembling a scabious. [Jasione montana.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sheep's-bit scabious — sheep sˈ bit scabious see under ↑scabious • • • Main Entry: ↑sheep …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sheep's beard — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep's-wool — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep's Fescue — Taxobox name = Sheep s Fescue image width = 240px image caption = Festuca ovina on left regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Poales familia = Poaceae genus = Festuca species = F. ovina binomial = Festuca ovina… …   Wikipedia

  • 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep bot — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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