A constellation between Pisces and Taurus pictured as a ram.
1. A small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Pisces and Taurus.
2. The first sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from March 21 to April 19; Also called: Aries the Ram.
Zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere between Pisces and Taurus, near Auriga, represented as the legendary ram whose golden fleece was sought by Jason and the Argonauts.
Its most distinctive feature is a curve of three stars of decreasing brightness. The brightest of these is Hamal or Alpha Arietis, 65 light-years from Earth.
The Sun passes through Aries from late April to mid-May. In astrology, the dates for Aries are between about 21 March and 19 April (see precession). The spring equinox once lay in Aries, but has now moved into Pisces through the effect of the Earth's precession (wobble).
(Irregular plural: sheep).
1. A docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision.
2. A timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon.
3. Woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat.
Any of several ruminant, even-toed, hoofed mammals of the family Bovidae. Wild species survive in the uplands of central and E Asia, N Africa, S Europe and North America. The domesticated breeds are all classified as Ovis aries.
Various breeds of sheep are reared worldwide for meat, wool, milk, and cheese, and for rotation on arable land to maintain its fertility.
Domestic sheep are descended from wild sheep of the Neolithic Middle East. The original species may be extinct but was probably closely related to the surviving mouflon o. musimom of Sardinia and Corsica. Only a small proportion of European and North American breeds are still in full commercial use. Among those, the Rambouillet breed is used extensively in the us for its fine wool, and the Columbia is a popular meat-producing breed.
The most serious disease to affect sheep is scrapie, which attacks the nervous system. Notifiable infectious diseases of sheep include anthrax, foot and mouth, and scab.