A young sheep ( ruminant mammal). Its red meat has a unique aroma when cooked and a slight gamey flavor.
It is believed that sheep were first used as a food source in Central Asia, approximately 10,000 years ago.
Christopher Columbus introduced domesticated sheep to the Americas in 1493 on his second voyage.
Lamb derives from the German word lambiz.
“The Historical Background of Lamb as Food” by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone (2018) https://www.thespruceeats.com/history-of-lamb-1807621
“History of Sheep” from the International Wool Textile Organization https://iwto.org/sheep/history-of-sheep
Sheep and Goat Science 5th ed., by M.E. Ensminger (1986)