/ah"oo dad'/, n.
a wild sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of northern Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs. Also called Barbary sheep.
[1860-65; < F < Berber, equiv. to a- masc. sing. prefix + udad ram]

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also called  Barbary sheep 
 North African goatlike mammal of the family Bovidae (bovid) (order Artiodactyla (artiodactyl)). This species has been inappropriately called a sheep, although recent genetic (genetics) information reveals that it is much more closely related to wild goats. The aoudad stands about 102 cm (40 inches) at the shoulder. It has a fringe of long, soft hair hanging from its throat and forequarters and has semicircular horns that curve outward, back, and then inward over the neck. Both fringe and horns are more pronounced in the male. The aoudad occurs in dry, mountainous, or rocky country and lives in small family groups. It can go without water for about five days. When threatened, the aoudad stands motionless and is concealed by its tawny brown coat, which blends in with the surrounding rocks. It is considered vulnerable to extinction in all its natural range, where only scattered, small populations survive; it is probably extinct in Egypt. Introduced to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico for hunting purposes, it has established thriving populations there, where it outcompetes indigenous ungulates (ungulate) such as desert bighorn sheep.

Sandro Lovari

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Aoudad — A ou*dad, n. [The Moorish name.] (Zo[ o]l.) An African sheeplike quadruped (the {Ammotragus lervia}, formerly {Ammotragus tragelaphus}) having a long mane on the breast and fore legs; the wild sheep of northern Africa; called also {Barbary sheep} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aoudad — [ä′oo dad΄, ou′dad΄] n. [Fr < Moorish audad] a wild N African sheep (Ammotragus lervia) with large curved horns and a heavy growth of hair from the throat to the knees; Barbary sheep …   English World dictionary

  • aoudad — maned sheep maned sheep n. A type of wild sheep ({Ammotragus lervia}) of northern Africa; called also {Barbary sheep} and {aoudad}. Syn: aoudad, arui, audad, Barbary sheep, {Ammotragus lervia}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aoudad — arui arui n. 1. a wild sheep ({Ammotragus lervia}) of northern Africa, having a thick mane on the throat, chest, and forelegs; also called the {aoudad} and {Barbary sheep}. Syn: aoudad, audad, Barbary sheep, maned sheep. [WordNet 1.5] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • aoudad — noun Etymology: French, from Berber audad Date: 1861 a wild bovine (Ammotragus lervia) of North Africa that is closely related to goats and sheep and has been introduced into the southwestern U.S. called also aoudad sheep, Barbary sheep …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aoudad — noun The Barbary sheep, Ammotragus lervia …   Wiktionary

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  • aoudad — [ α:ʊdad] noun another term for Barbary sheep. Origin C19: from Fr., from Berber udād …   English new terms dictionary

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