What is sheep?

  • (noun): A docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision.
    Example: "His students followed him like sheep"
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Sheep (Ovis aries) are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it almost always refers to Ovis aries. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep.

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... In antiquity, symbolism involving sheep cropped up in religions in the ancient Near East, the Mideast, and the Mediterranean area Çatalhöyük, ancient Egyptian religion, the Cana'anite ... Religious symbolism and ritual involving sheep began with some of the first known faiths skulls of rams (along with bulls) occupied central placement in shrines at the ... In Madagascar, sheep were not eaten as they were believed to be incarnations of the souls of ancestors ...

More definitions of "sheep":

  • (noun): Woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat.
  • (noun): A timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon.

Famous quotes containing the word sheep:

    Better to repair the pen after the sheep have escaped than not at all.
    Chinese proverb.

    After all, the wool of a black sheep is just as warm.
    Ernest Lehman (b. 1920)

    You shall not watch your neighbor’s ox or sheep straying away and ignore them; you shall take them back to their owner.
    Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 22:1.