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a class of carpetwool sheep with large deposits of fat in the tail and on the posterior thighs; heavyweight (rams weigh up to 400 lb), with high productivity of meat and tallow and a capacity to walk long distances on nomadic treks. Their fat tails may be either broad or S-shaped and weigh as much as 80 lb. Many breeds of this type exist in Europe, Asia and Africa. Popular breeds are Gissar (syn. Hissar), Edil'baev, Tadzhik, Saradzhin.