from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sheep in its second year or before its first shearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sheep (originally a ewe) that is one to two years old
  • n. a doe in its second year

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sheep in its second year; also, a doe in its second year.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female fallow-deer; a doe in the second year.
  • n. Same as tag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. two-year-old sheep


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)



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