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A domestic sheep

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English sheep, scheep, schep, schepe, from Old English scēap, from Proto-Germanic *skēpą (compare West Frisian skiep, North Frisian schäip, Dutch schaap, German Schaf), beside *keppô (compare Old Norse kjappi (he-goat), dialectal German Kippe (newborn calf)), of unknown origin. Perhaps from the same Scythian word (compare Ossetian цӕу (cæw, goat), Persian چپش (čapiš, yearling goat))[1] which was borrowed into Albanian as cjap, sqap (he-goat) and into Slavic (compare Polish cap). After Kroonen, *skēpą is instead from the root of Proto-Germanic *skabaną (to scratch) via Kluge's law.[2]

NounEdit

sheep (plural sheep)

  1. A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis.
  2. A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.
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DescendantsEdit
  • Abenaki: azib (from "(a) sheep")
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

sheep

  1. (chiefly humorous) plural of shoop

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.vv. "*keppōn", "*skēpan" (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 213, 340
  2. ^ Guus Kroonen (2011), The Proto-Germanic n-stems: a study in diachronic morphophonology [1], Rodopi, ISBN 9042032936.

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English scēap, from Proto-Germanic *skēpą beside *keppôn, of unknown origin.

NounEdit

sheep (plural sheep)

  1. sheep

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sheep, scheep, schep, schepe, from Old English scēap, from Proto-Germanic *skēpą.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sheep (plural sheeps)

  1. sheep (woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis)

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