A male sheep or goat is called a ram. If you're a fan of reading your horoscope, you might notice that Aries, usually considered the first sign of the zodiac, is represented by a ram.

Another kind of ram is a "battering ram," a tool for forcing a heavy door open or breaking a hole in a wall. This kind of ram comes from the male sheep and his powerful horns — and so does the verb ram: "I watched the rams ram their heads into each other as they battled over territory." Some word experts think the word stems from the Old Norse rammr, "strong."

Definitions of ram
  1. noun
    uncastrated adult male sheep
    synonyms: tup
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    type of:
    woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
  2. noun
    a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
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    battering ram
    a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
    a tool for driving something with force
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  3. verb
    strike or drive against with a heavy impact
    ram the gate with a sledgehammer”
    synonyms: pound, ram down
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    type of:
    push forcefully
  4. verb
    undergo damage or destruction on impact
    synonyms: crash
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    type of:
    clash, collide
    crash together with violent impact
  5. verb
    crowd or pack to capacity
    synonyms: chock up, cram, jam, jampack, wad
    put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
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    type of:
    cram into a cavity
  6. verb
    force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
    “She rammed her mind into focus”
    synonyms: drive, force
    compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
    compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
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    toe, toenail
    drive obliquely
    type of:
    push forcefully
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