Pronunciation: (shēp), [key]
1. any of numerous ruminant mammals of the genus Ovis, of the family Bovidae, closely related to the goats, esp. O. aries, bred in a number of domesticated varieties.
2. leather made from the skin of these animals.
3. a meek, unimaginative, or easily led person.
4. separate the sheep from the goats, to separate good people from bad or those intended for a specific end from unqualified people.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.