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Of, relating to, or characteristic of sheep; sheeplike.
A sheep.

[Late Latin ovīnus, from Latin ovis, sheep; see owi- in Indo-European roots.]


(Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a sheep
[C19: from Late Latin ovīnus, from Latin ovis sheep]


(ˈoʊ vaɪn, ˈoʊ vɪn)

of, pertaining to, or resembling a sheep.
[1820–30; < Late Latin ovīnus= Latin ov(is) sheep + -īnus -ine1]
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Adj.1.ovine - of or pertaining to or of the nature of or characteristic of a sheep or sheep


[ˈəʊvaɪn] ADJovino
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The Satyr was a gleam of classical memory on the part of Moreau,--his face ovine in expression, like the coarser Hebrew type; his voice a harsh bleat, his nether extremities Satanic.
The angry ovine caused pounds 10,000 worth of damage when he charged at the line-up of expensive Land Rovers and Mitsubishi Shoguns parked in a field used as an overspill car park at a car showroom.
Vitrase, on the other hand, is a formulation of hyaluronidase extracted from ovine (ram) testicles.
Goat producers in New South Wales are demanding a new approach to the management of Johne's Disease, saying they're being unfairly caught up in sheep and cattle restrictions for Ovine and Bovine Johne's Disease.
Sheep with big, low-fat hindquarters may teach us something about muscle growth and fat metabolism, say researchers who found a gene involved in this ovine oddity (Genome Res.
10:50 "Proliferation of vascular endothelial cells and pericytes in ovine corpora lutea (CL) throughout the estrous cycle.
Surely that would be the ultimate test for their well-balanced ovine athleticism and intelligence.
A dynamic temperature function integration (TFI) model was used jointly by regulators at the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (PO Box 2526, Wellington, New Zealand) and processors to develop justifiable criteria for refrigeration management during the processing of hot and warm boned meat, the post-slaughter handling of ovine carcasses and the handling of offals.
The partnership's first step will be to create herds of sheep that completely lack prions, the brain proteins that cause scrapie, the ovine version of mad cow disease and human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
We could referendum the antidiscrimination bill back in; proclaim a statewide Day of Public Atonement for Poor Citizenship, which ought to entail humiliating, slightly painful rituals for each Mainer (especially our bomb-happy secretary of defense); and, of course, abolish Christianity, at least in its fundamentalist, ovine, cud-chewing variety.
You saw it all, your face ovine with curls, the fretwork of your sandals as ornate as the crosscutting beams of light that glazed His limbs, lingering like a bigot's gaze, and then forgot,