1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, especially. A flock grazing at large.

2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others.

<zoology> Shepherd bird, a breed of dogs used largely for the herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as the collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English shepherd dog. Called also shepherd's dog. Shepherd dog, a name of Pan. Shepherd kings, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of Exodus.

<botany> Shepherd's club, the small teasel.

Origin: OE. Schepherde, schephirde, AS. Sceaphyrde; sceap sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See Sheep, and Herd.

(01 Mar 1998)

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