Definition for SHEEP

SHEEP, n. [sing. and plur. Sax. sceap, scep; G. schaf; D. schaap; Bohemian, skope, a wether.]

  1. An animal of the genus Ovis, which is among the most useful species that the Creator has bestowed on man, as its wool constitutes a principal material of warm clothing, and its flesh is a great article of food. The sheep is remarkable for its harmless temper and its timidity. The varieties are numerous.
  2. In contempt, a silly fellow. – Ainsworth.
  3. Figuratively, God's people are called sheep, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd. – John x.

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