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Hebridean Sheep
2014-10-09 10:25:28

The Hebridean sheep, often called the St. Kilda sheep in the past, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to the Hebrides in Scotland. The last native individuals of this breed were known to live on only Uist Island and many of these were taken off the island in the 1880’s to be given to various estates in England as ornamental animals. Eventually the remaining flock of Hebridean...

Hampshire
2014-10-09 10:20:32

The Hampshire, also known as the Hampshire Down, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in 1829 by crossbreeding the Wiltshire Horn, Berkshire Nott, and Old Hampshire that were native to the Hampshire Downs and the Southdowns sheep. All of these breeds held horns and white faces, but not all held desirable traits like strong genes, high quality meat, and fast maturation rates....

Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp Branchinecta lynchi
2014-10-07 10:46:13

The vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) is a species of crustacean that can be found in freshwater vernal pools in the states of Oregon and California in the United States. In Oregon, it has been found in the Agate Desert and on the Upper and Lower Table Rocks, while in California this species can be found in thirty-two locations. It resides in vernal, or temporary, pools that hold a...

Gulf Coast Native
2014-10-07 10:36:07

The Gulf Coast native, also known as the Louisiana Scrub or the Gulf Coast sheep, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to the Gulf Coast of the United States. The origin of this breed can be traced back to the Churra sheep that were brought to the area by Spanish explorers during the fifteenth century. Other breeds were later introduced into the bloodline including sheep from France and...

Gotland Sheep
2014-10-07 10:25:01

The Gotland sheep, also known as the Gotland pelt, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed on the Island of Gotland in Sweden during the 1920’s and 1930’s. It is thought the breed was developed by crossbreeding the native Gute sheep with the Karakuls and Romanov breeds. Although the native Gute sheep still resides on the island, it is considered a rare breed. The Gotland sheep,...

Shrew Soricidae
2014-10-01 13:16:58

Soricidae is a family that contains 385 species of true shrews that can be found throughout the world, although Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand do not hold any native shrew populations. Although shrews resemble mice, they are more closely related to moles, but most are no larger than a mouse. The largest species, known as the Asian house shrew reaches a length of 5.9 inches, while the...

Solenodon Solenodontidae
2014-10-01 12:40:57

Solenodontida is a family that holds four species of solenodons, mammals that are known to be venomous, which can be found in Cuba and on the island of Hispaniola. The Hispaniolan solenodon can be found in a variety of habitats including highland forests and lowland dry forests. Both species resemble shrews in that they have long noses, hairless feet, scaly tails and small eyes. They reach an...

Gentile di Puglia
2014-09-30 10:16:58

The Gentile di Puglia, also known as the Italian Merino, is a breed of domesticated sheep that originated in the Tavoliere di Foggia plain of southern Italy. It was developed by crossbreeding Merino rams, first imported during the fourteenth century, with local ewes. During the nineteenth century further crossbreeding was conducted using imported Rambouillet sheep and Merinolandschaf sheep in...

Galway Sheep
2014-09-30 09:49:31

The Galway sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Galway in western Ireland during the seventeenth century. It was developed after English Longwools were brought to the area, followed by the improved Leicester, which resulted in an early form of the breed known as the Roscommon. Both this type and the modern Galway breed highly resembled the improved Leicester. When the Roscommon...

Estonian Ruhnu Sheep
2014-09-30 09:33:28

The Estonian Ruhnu sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated on the island of Ruhnu in Estonia. It is thought that the breed descended from sheep that were left on the island during the fourteenth century by Swedish speaking settlers, who used it for its meat and wool. The population in 1944 was recorded to be 300, but this number has fallen to only 30 today. The Estonian Ruhnu...

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bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.