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MOUFLON, or MUFLON

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 932 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOUFLON, or MUFLON, the wild sheep (Ovis musimon) of Corsica and Sardinia, where it is now very local. The ewes are either hornless or provided with quite small horns, the hornless form being probably characteristic of one island and the horned of the other. The rams carry good horns, and in summer show a conspicuous light saddle-shaped mark on the otherwise dark-coloured coat. The Armenian mouflon (0. orientalis), of Persia, Armenia, and the Troodos range of Cyprus, is typically a larger and redder sheep, with the horns curving in the reverse direction; but the Cyprian race is small. (See SHEEP.).
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