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If porcine means pertaining to pigs, bovine pertaining to cows, and caprine pertaining to goats, what is the -ine word that denotes pertaining to sheep?

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closed as off-topic by tchrist, choster, Josh61, Mari-Lou A, Edwin Ashworth May 8 '14 at 21:08

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Perhaps sheepish? – Gary's Student May 8 '14 at 15:56
This is pretty much General Reference. – tchrist May 8 '14 at 18:50
@T.E.D. No. It should be phrased: ... is there an -ine word meaning 'pertaining to llamas'? And since 'llama' is not from a classical root ... – Edwin Ashworth May 8 '14 at 21:19
Why on earth do at least two people want to reopen this question? There's only one credible answer, and as @tchrist points out, it's remarkably easy to Google it. – FumbleFingers May 9 '14 at 16:39

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Ovine means relating to or resembling sheep.

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I can but sheepishly observe that the famous boreal sheep-cattle more commonly known as musk oxen are not ovine nor bovine but believe-it-or-else ovibovine critters — whereas pronghorns are not actually antilopine but antilocaprine ones, and even the familiar prancing mountain goats are neither ovine nor caprine beasts at all but are oreamnine ones instead. – tchrist May 8 '14 at 18:46
@tchrist this comment made my head hurt.. – Cruncher May 8 '14 at 20:01

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