1. The act of shedding, separating, or casting off or out; as, the shedding of blood.
2. That which is shed, or cast off. [R.] Wordsworth.
(Sheel"fa Shil"fa) , n. (Zoöl.) The chaffinch; so named from its call note. [Prov. Eng.]
(Sheel"ing) n. [Icel. skjol a shelter, a cover; akin to Dan. & Sw. skjul.] A hut or small cottage
in an exposed or a retired place (as on a mountain or at the seaside) such as is used by shepherds,
fishermen, sportsmen, etc.; a summer cottage; also, a shed. [Written also sheel, shealing, sheiling,
(Sheel"y) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Sheelfa.
(Sheen) a. [OE. sehene, AS. sciéne, scne, scne, splendid, beautiful; akin to OFries. skne,
skne, OS. scni, D. schoon, G. schön, OHG. scni, Goth, skanus, and E. shew; the original meaning
being probably, visible, worth seeing. It is not akin to E. shine. See Shew, v. t.] Bright; glittering; radiant; fair; showy; sheeny.
[R., except in poetry.]
This holy maiden, that is so bright and sheen.Chaucer.
Up rose each warrier bold and brave,Fairfax.
Glistening in filed steel and armor sheen.
(Sheen), v. i. To shine; to glisten. [Poetic]
That, sheening far, celestial seems to be.
(Sheen), n. Brightness; splendor; glitter. "Throned in celestial sheen." Milton.
(Sheen""ly), adv. Brightly. [R.] Mrs. Browning.
(Sheen"y) a. Bright; shining; radiant; sheen. "A sheeny summer morn." Tennyson.
(Sheep) n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. scp, sceáp; akin to OFries. skp, LG. & D. schaap,
G. schaf, OHG. scaf, Skr. chaga. &radic295. Cf. Sheepherd.]
1. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus Ovis, native of the higher mountains of
both hemispheres, but most numerous in Asia.
The domestic sheep (Ovis aries) varies much in size, in the length and texture of its wool, the form and
size of its horns, the length of its tail, etc. It was domesticated in prehistoric ages, and many distinct
breeds have been produced; as the merinos, celebrated for their fine wool; the Cretan sheep, noted for
their long horns; the fat-tailed, or Turkish, sheep, remarkable for the size and fatness of the tail, which
often has to be supported on trucks; the Southdowns, in which the horns are lacking; and an Asiatic breed
which always has four horns.
2. A weak, bashful, silly fellow. Ainsworth.
3. pl. Fig.: The people of God, as being under the government and protection of Christ, the great Shepherd.
Rocky mountain sheep.(Zoöl.) See Bighorn. Maned sheep. (Zoöl.) See Aoudad. Sheep bot
(Zoöl.), the larva of the sheep botfly. See Estrus. Sheep dog (Zoöl.), a shepherd dog, or collie.
Sheep laurel (Bot.), a small North American shrub (Kalmia angustifolia) with deep rose-colored flowers
in corymbs. Sheep pest (Bot.), an Australian plant (Acæna ovina) related to the burnet. The fruit
is covered with barbed spines, by which it adheres to the wool of sheep. Sheep run, an extensive
tract of country where sheep range and graze. Sheep's beard (Bot.), a cichoraceous herb (Urospermum
Dalechampii) of Southern Europe; so called from the conspicuous pappus of the achenes.