Definition of Dall sheep in US English:

Dall sheep

(also Dall's sheep)


  • A wild North American sheep found in mountainous country from Alaska to British Columbia.

    Ovis dalli, family Bovidae

    • ‘Then there's the scenery - the mountains, the Dall sheep on the hillsides, the pods of Beluga whales passing by - where else can you find that?’
    • ‘Do you think you could successfully hunt Dall sheep in Alaska's most unforgiving country with a classic American hunting rifle?’
    • ‘Polar and grizzly bear, caribou, musk ox, Dall sheep, wolf, arctic fox, and more than 100 species of migratory birds use the land.’
    • ‘Crossing the Continental Divide in midnight sunlight, we will encounter grizzlies, wolves, Dall sheep, caribou, musk oxen, and an astonishing variety of Arctic birds.’
    • ‘Here, just 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, grizzly bears meander along the roads, caribou feed with calves in tow, and mountain goats and Dall sheep cling to high outcroppings.’


Early 20th century: named after William H. Dall (1845–1927), American naturalist.


Dall sheep

/ˈdôl ˌSHēp/