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Meaning of SHEEP

Pronunciation:  sheep

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
  2. [n]  a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision; "his students followed him like sheep"
  3. [n]  a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon

SHEEP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: black sheep, bovid, domestic sheep, ewe, flock, follower, genus Ovis, herd, Ovis, Ovis aries, ram, simple, simpleton, trotter, tup, wether, withers



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

2. A weak, bashful, silly fellow. --Ainsworth.

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

{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

{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

{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

Computing Dictionary

A package for symbolic mathematics, especially tensor analysis and General Relativity, developed by Inge Frick in Stockholm in the late 1970s to early 1980s. SHEEP was implemented in dec-10 assembly language, then in several lisps. The current version runs on sun-3 and is based on portable standard lisp.

["Sheep, a Computer Algebra System for General Relativity", J.E.F. Skea et al in Proc First Brazilian School on Comp Alg, W. Roque et al eds, Oxford U Press 1993, v2].

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing sheep in your dream indicates that you lack initiative to venture out on your own. You feel uncreative and just conforming or going along with the flow.
Easton Bible Dictionary

are of different varieties. Probably the flocks of Abraham and Isaac were of the wild species found still in the mountain regions of Persia and Kurdistan. After the Exodus, and as a result of intercourse with surrounding nations, other species were no doubt introduced into the herds of the people of Israel. They are frequently mentioned in Scripture. The care of a shepherd over his flock is referred to as illustrating God's care over his people (Ps. 23:1, 2; 74:1; 77:20; Isa. 40:11; 53:6; John 10:1-5, 7-16).

"The sheep of Palestine are longer in the head than ours, and have tails from 5 inches broad at the narrowest part to 15 inches at the widest, the weight being in proportion, and ranging generally from 10 to 14 lbs., but sometimes extending to 30 lbs. The tails are indeed huge masses of fat" (Geikie's Holy Land, etc.). The tail was no doubt the "rump" so frequently referred to in the Levitical sacrifices (Ex. 29:22; Lev. 3:9; 7:3; 9:19). Sheep-shearing was generally an occasion of great festivity (Gen. 31:19; 38:12, 13; 1 Sam. 25:4-8, 36; 2 Sam. 13:23-28).