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bighorn

(ˈbɪɡˌhɔːn)
n, pl -horns or -horn
(Animals) a large wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, inhabiting mountainous regions in North America and NE Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. The male has massive curved horns, and the species is well adapted for climbing and leaping

big•horn

(ˈbɪgˌhɔrn)

n., pl. -horns, (esp. collectively) -horn.
a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns.
Also called Rocky Mountain sheep.
[1775–85, Amer.]

Big•horn

(ˈbɪgˌhɔrn)

n.
a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 mi. (540 km) long.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bighorn - a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern MontanaBighorn - a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana
Montana, Treasure State, MT - a state in northwestern United States on the Canadian border
Equality State, WY, Wyoming - a state in the western United States; mountainous in the west and north with the Great Plains in the east
2.bighorn - wild sheep of mountainous regions of western North America having massive curled hornsbighorn - wild sheep of mountainous regions of western North America having massive curled horns
genus Ovis, Ovis - sheep
mountain sheep - any wild sheep inhabiting mountainous regions
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The black-tailed deer would bound up the ravines on their approach, and the bighorn would gaze fearlessly down upon them from some impending precipice, or skip playfully from rock to rock.
The bighorn is so named from its horns; which are of a great size, and twisted like those of a ram.
These they supposed to be the Bighorn Mountains, so called from the animal of that name, with which they abound.
Wide prairies Vegetable productions Tabular hills Slabs of sandstone Nebraska or Platte River Scanty fare Buffalo skulls Wagons turned into boats Herds of buffalo Cliffs resembling castles The chimney Scott's Bluffs Story connected with them The bighorn or ahsahta Its nature and habits Difference between that and the "woolly sheep," or goat of the mountains
Amidst this wild and striking scenery, Captain Bonneville, for the first time, beheld flocks of the ahsahta or bighorn, an animal which frequents these cliffs in great numbers.
The ahsahta, argali, or bighorn, on the contrary, has short hair like a deer, and resembles it in shape, but has the head and horns of a sheep, and its flesh is said to be delicious mutton.
Thieves' Road: The Black Hills Betrayal and Custer's Path to Little Bighorn provides a narrative about Custer's 1874 expedition into South Dakota and considers how this early expedition set the stage for the Bighorn disaster that took place two years later.
Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) once numbered in the millions across the western United States (Buechner, 1960; Berger, 1990); however, due to uncontrolled harvest and diseases introduced from domestic sheep, bighorn numbers began to plummet around the turn of the 20th century (Buechner, 1960; Berger, 1990).
The Bureau of Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff for the Bighorn Basin is as follows:
And Then There Were None: The Demise of Desert Bighorn Sheep in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Shackleton (1985) had reported an absence of records of abnormal coloration in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) despite published reports of white-colored individuals (Jonez 1958; Hansen 1965a; Cooper 1974; O'Connor 1974; Wilson et al.
com)-- Bighorn Airways has been awarded the FAA Diamond Award for 2015.