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A breed of sheep, originally from Spain, with fine crimped wool that is often used to make light sweaters. Merino sheep are medium sized sheep with very wooly faces. They thrive in semiarid environments, including the Southwestern United States.

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"Merino stud ram watches a shearer denude his brother, 1943," photograph by Mac Falkiner. Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs (H99.201/2173A). State Library of Victoria, Australia. This photograph is licensed under Public Domain.

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