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n. pl. argali or ar·ga·lis
A large wild sheep (Ovis ammon) of mountainous regions of central and northern Asia, the male of which has massive curved horns.

[Mongolian arghali, mountain ewe.]
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(ˈɑːɡəlɪ) or


n, pl -gali or -gals
(Animals) a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, inhabiting semidesert regions in central Asia: family Bovidae, order Artiodactyla. It is the largest of the sheep, having massive horns in the male, which may almost form a circle
[C18: from Mongolian]
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(ˈɑr gə li)

n., pl. -li.
a wild sheep, Ovis ammon, of Asia, having long curved horns that typically form an open, outwardly extended spiral.
[1770–80; < Mongolian: female mountain sheep]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.argali - wild sheep of semidesert regions in central Asiaargali - wild sheep of semidesert regions in central Asia
genus Ovis, Ovis - sheep
wild sheep - undomesticated sheep
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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.
It is called by some the argali, by others the ibex, though differing from both of these animals.
Between the urials and snow sheep, occupying many of those thousands of miles of Asia, are the argalis, the largest of all wild sheep, genus and species Ovis ammon, with science identifying nine subspecies.
Its core is formed from the contribution by the first and most consistent generation of Latvian hyperrealists --Imants Lancmanis, Guntis Strupulis, Liga Purmale, Miervaldis Polis, Maris Argalis. At the same time, it must be noted, that there are few pure examples of hyperrealism in Latvian art.
Cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on Thursday, January 1, included: Ian Argalis, 28, of Windmill Road, Longford, caused a breach of the peace.
An international survey revealed that argalis are hunted in Kyrgyzstan by helicopters with Kalashnikov rifles, expert Bakyt Turdumambetov told a press conference in Bishkek on November 18.
2003: Current status and population structure of argalis (Ovis ammon L., 1758) in Central Asia.--Beitrage zur Jagd und Wildforschung 28: 151-163.
Attempts to uplist sawfishes, mantella frogs, timber rattlesnakes, Kara Tau argalis (large, wild sheep of Asia), several species of parakeets, lorikeets and cockatoos also failed.
During the hunting season from 15 September to 1 December 2013, 235 Siberian ibexes and 40 argalis were hunted in Kyrgyzstan.
If I could have afforded it, I could have hunted two different argalis as well, but I was there nearly three weeks.
Vilnis and Joan Argalis, of Barston Close, Longford, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Thursday, after many happy years dancing together.
The bighorn of the Alberta and British Columbia Rockies is one of the largest of all wild sheep and not much smaller than the biggest argalis of Central Asia.