Persian, noun

Origin:
So named because the breed was developed from stock originating in the Persian Gulf.
One of a breed of sheep, the Blackhead Persian (blackhead sense 2). Also attributive.
1912 R. Lydekker Sheep & its Cousins 209The Persian fat-rumped sheep..is a well-known breed, which has been carried to Cape Colony and Rhodesia, where it is now bred to a considerable extent.
1913 W.M. McKee S. Afr. Sheep & Wool 91Cape Wool and Cross-Persian Breeding...I am greatly opposed to the crossing of Persians with merino...It would pay better to sell a certain number of Persians as opportunity offers.
1932 S. Zuckerman Soc. Life Monkeys & Apes 206I have seen Chacma baboons playing about and foraging in the midst of a flock of Persian sheep.
1945 L.G. Green Where Men Still Dream 144The [Karakul] ram is a treasure to be protected against leopards and jackals; the rest of the flock of Afrikander, Persian or Blinkhaar ewes may cost no more than ten shillings each.
1966 E. Palmer Plains of Camdeboo 256‘I guess it is a black-head Persian from the Karoo.’ ‘You’re right,’ replied Sir Abe [Bailey] with delight. ‘It is Karoo Persian.’ When he travelled he took with him live Persian sheep from the Karoo to be slaughtered when he needed them.
One of a breed of sheep, the Blackhead Persianblackhead2. Also attributive.

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