• a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
    a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n goat any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
    • n Goat the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
    • n Goat (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
    • n goat a victim of ridicule or pranks
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A goat eating grass, a kid lying alongside A goat eating grass, a kid lying alongside
When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375 When the Goats Began to Chew The Clothes 375
Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...
Dead Goat Emerging from Den Dead Goat Emerging from Den

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath
    • n Goat gōt (Zoöl) A hollow-horned ruminant of the genus Capra, of several species and varieties, esp. the domestic goat (Capra hircus), which is raised for its milk, flesh, and skin.☞ The Cashmere and Angora varieties of the goat have long, silky hair, used in the manufacture of textile fabrics. The wild or bezoar goat (Capra ægagrus), of Asia Minor, noted for the bezoar stones found in its stomach, is supposed to be one of the ancestral species of the domestic goat. The Rocky Mountain goat (Haplocercus montanus) is more nearly related to the antelopes. See Mazame.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Goats do not eat tin cans, as lampooned in cartoons. They nibble at the cans because they're after the glue on the labels.
    • n goat A horned ruminant quadruped of the genus Capra (Or Hircus). The horns are hollow, erect, turned backward, annular, scabrous, and anteriorly ridged. The male is generally bearded under the chin. Goats are nearly of the size of sheep, but stronger, less timid, and more agile. They frequent rocks and mountains, and subsist on scanty coarse food. They are sprightly, capricious, and wanton, and their strong odor (technically called hireine) is proverbial. Their milk is sweet, nourishing, and medicinal, and their flesh furnishes food. Goats are of several species, and it is not certainly known from which the domestic goat (C. hircus) is descended, though opinion favors the Persian paseng, C. œgagrus, (See cut under œgagrus.) It is quite likely that more than this one feral stock has contributed to the domestic breeds. Goats are all indigenous to the eastern hemisphere, though now raised in all parts of the world, and many varieties are valued for their hair or wool, as the Cashmere goat, the Angora goat, the dwarf or Guinean goat, the Egyptian or Nubian, the Maltese, the Nepȧl, the Syrian, etc. Some of them are hornless. The nearest wild relative of the goat is the ibex. The so-called Rocky Mountain goat belongs to a different group (see below). The name goat is often extended to some goat-like antelopes, as the dzeren. The male of the goat is called a buck, and the young a kid. The sexes are distinguished as ha-goats and she-goats, or colloquially as billy-goats and nanny-goats.
    • n goat plural In zoology, the Caprinœ as a subfamily of Bovidœ or Antilopidœ. There are several genera and species. See Ægocerus, Capra, Hemitragus, Kemas.
    • n goat Same as goatskin, 2.
    • n goat A stepping-stone.
    • n goat Another spelling of gote.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goats' eyes have rectangular pupils.
    • n Goat gōt the well-known quadruped, allied to the sheep
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  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.”


Get your goat - If something gets your goat, it annoys you.
Separate the sheep from the goats - If you separate the sheep from the goats, you sort out the good from the bad.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE goot, got, gat, AS. gāt,; akin to D. geit, OHG. geiz, G. geiss, Icel. geit, Sw. get, Dan. ged, Goth. gaits, L. haedus, a young goat, kid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gát; Ger. geiss, Dut. geit.


In literature:

I now made the acquaintance of goat as an article of food.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
King Kitticut walked beside the goat and the Prince followed after, the men coming last with the boxes of sandalwood.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
He landed a ram and a sheep, a goat and a she-goat, a pig and a sow.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He's got goats," said Tommy, "and he let me drive them.
"Tommy Trots Visit to Santa Claus" by Thomas Nelson Page
Bible says, 'Whah at de goat, dere is Ah also goat.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Upon this roof there walked about a little goat, which belonged to Oeyvind.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
And then the pigs and sheep and goats!
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
Because the house stood alone, in the middle of the street, there was no getting rid of the goats.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
In the court-yard sheep and goats were penned at night.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Often the Northwest Wind shook the tin brass goat and shook the tin brass goose on top of the skyscrapers.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
While the seer Daniel was considering, behold an he-goat came from the West.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Little Two-Eyes, take the goat and go out to the hillside.
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
Besides, there are any number of white goats in these mountains all around us here.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
There were flocks of sheep and goats in the fields.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
Ossaroo now called upon the villagers to provide him with a goat that had lately had kids, and whose young were still living.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
A little boy, minding goats, came up with a fascinating pocket-knife, but would not let it go out of his hand.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
The terrified goats reached the valley beneath, but the young girl was never again heard of.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
However, Frank's criticism of the judgment of the combating goats was correct.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Goat Island one cannot appreciate without a visit.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
But why don't you hitch up your goat and make him pull you on the ice?
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis

In poetry:

The herd of goats for us
Turns the hillside to a scene
From Theocritus.
"Classic Reminiscence" by Clark Ashton Smith
Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee,
For thee the jocund shepherds wait;
O Singer of Persephone!
Dost thou remember Sicily?
"Theocritus - A Villanelle" by Oscar Wilde
Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee,
For thee the jocund shepherds wait;
O Singer of Persephone!
Dost thou remember Sicily?
"A Villanelle " by Oscar Wilde
His dying groans, his living songs,
Shall better please my God
Than harp or trumpet's solemn sound,
Than goat's or bullock's blood.
"Psalm 69 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Where clouds are so white and close,
Where only goats run the dales,
To seek forever faded roses,
And hark to lifeless nightingales.
"Like undistinguishable horses" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
You whispered monstrous oracles into the
caverns of his ears:
With blood of goats and blood of steers you
taught him monstrous miracles.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

The Chicago Department of Aviation is looking for a few good goats.
A local television station reports that Chicago recently put out a bid for someone to supply goats to trim the grass at O'Hare International Airport.
The family's goats are living the high life.
Stubborn goat spotted in park.
I'D been in Guadeloupe only 48 hours and already I had attended a birthday party where I ate curried goat with wild peas (pois des bois, greatly prized) and drank the local rum punch.
A Strawberry, Hazelnut, and Goat Cheese Salad Drizzled with a Bit of Balsamic Vinaigrette.
The $25,000 donation pays for herds of heifers , llamas, and goats.
He became my partner-in-crime in February because he wasn't confident enough to herd the goats at his farm.
(Host) Herding goats has Commentator Stephanie Greene, a freelance writer who lives with her family on a farm in Windham County, considering that humans and goats have quite a lot in common.
(March 13, 2008) CD by The Mountain Goats.
Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats.
The King goat, stealth Selke guy and highway robbery .
File photo from Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy Farms.
Roots Defeat the Rain, Mountain Goats Go Metal.
Goats often butt heads to determine who's the alpha male in the herd.

In science:

The second problem is the well-known Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
The constraint-based encodings perform well in solving the instances of the Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Experimental results for instances of the Wolf-goat-cabbage problem.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
A) eq 0, is in(B) eq 0], alive eq 0) :obj(A), obj(B), diff(A,B,man). caused([is in(wolf) eq is in(goat), is in(man) neq is in(wolf)], alive eq 0). caused([is in(cabbage) eq is in(goat), is in(man) neq is in(cabbage)], alive eq 0).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Bengt Gustafsson described the activities of ‘sheep’ (who follow the crowd) and ‘goats’ (who like to put a spanner in the works, but not too big a one). I believe the comparison with emission lines from H I I regions is a good check (see Table 1.1).
Summary Talk
MAS96], whereas a significant fraction of deer remain on their feet for 5 seconds or so until they collapse from loss of blood. In addition, ruminants (such as deer and goats) are more resistant to brain injury than humans because their pre-mating dominance rituals involve head butting [SHA02].
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
Replicative senescence, telomere shortening and cell proliferation rate in gaddi goat’s skin fibroblast cell line.
The Aldous-Shields model revisited (with application to cellular ageing)
TBI (Courtney and Courtney 2007). v) From goat data demonstrating moderate probability of rapid incapacitation suggestive of possible TBI (Courtney and Courtney 2007).
Working toward exposure thresholds for blast-induced traumatic brain injury: thoracic and acceleration mechanisms