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Merino sheep   /mərˈinoʊ ʃip/   Listen
Merino sheep

noun
1.
White sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality.  Synonym: merino.






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"Merino sheep" Quotes from Famous Books



... he was going in to buy some merino sheep, and I to deposit my rents in Carrington's bank. Next day the bank broke. And the merino sheep all died within the year. But how many thousand times does a magpie cross us and nothing come of it? Come, run away, my good girl, ...
— Put Yourself in His Place • Charles Reade

... detaches itself in flakes, and short shining hair like that {99} on a goat is produced ever afterwards. This curious result seems merely to be an exaggerated tendency natural to the Merino breed, for as a great authority, namely, Lord Somerville, remarks, "the wool of our Merino sheep after shear-time is hard and coarse to such a degree as to render it almost impossible to suppose that the same animal could bear wool so opposite in quality, compared to that which has been clipped from it: as the cold weather advances, the ...
— The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I. • Charles Darwin



Words linked to "Merino sheep" :   domestic sheep, Ovis aries



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