goat
noun (plural goats) Etymology: Middle English gote, from Old English gāt; akin to Old High German geiz goat, Old Norse geit, Latin haedus kid Date: before 12th century 1. a. or plural goat any of various hollow-horned ruminant mammals (especially of the genus Capra) related to the sheep but of lighter build and with backwardly arching horns, a short tail, and usually straight hair; especially one (Capra hircus) long domesticated for its milk, wool, and flesh b. capitalized Capricorn 2. a licentious man ; lecher 3. scapegoat 2 • goatish adjectivegoatlike adjective

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  • Goat — (g[=o]t), n. [OE goot, got, gat, AS. g[=a]t; akin to D. geit, OHG. geiz, G. geiss, Icel. geit, Sw. get, Dan. ged, Goth. gaits, L. haedus a young goat, kid.] (Zo[ o]l.) A hollow horned ruminant of the genus {Capra}, of several species and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goat — O.E. gat she goat, from P.Gmc. *gaitaz (Cf. O.S. get, O.N. geit, Dan. gjed, M.Du. gheet, Du. geit, O.H.G. geiz, Ger. Geiß, Goth. gaits goat ), from PIE *ghaidos young goat, also p …   Etymology dictionary

  • goat — goat; goat·herd; goat·ish; goat·ling; goat·skin; goat·stone; goat·weed; scape·goat·er; scape·goat·ism; goat·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • goat — [ gout ] noun count * 1. ) an animal similar to a sheep but with longer legs and a thinner coat. The male goat is called a billy goat and the female is called a nanny goat. A young goat is called a kid. 2. ) INFORMAL an insulting word for an old… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • goat — [gōt] n. [ME gote < OE gat, akin to Du geit, Ger geiss < IE base * ghaido , he goat > L haedus, kid goat ] 1. pl. goats or goat a) any of a genus (Capra) of wild or domesticated bovid ruminants with hollow horns ☆ b) ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT …   English World dictionary

  • goat — [gəut US gout] n [: Old English; Origin: gat] 1.) an animal that has horns on top of its head and long hair under its chin, and can climb steep hills and rocks. Goats live wild in the mountains or are kept as farm animals. 2.) get sb s goat… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • goat — ► NOUN 1) a hardy domesticated mammal that has backward curving horns and (in the male) a beard. 2) a wild mammal related to this, such as the ibex. 3) informal a lecherous man. 4) Brit. informal a stupid person. ● get someone s goat Cf. ↑get… …   English terms dictionary

  • GOAT — Abreviatura de prueba de Galveston de orientación y amnesia. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • goat — [n1] hollow horned mammal billy, buck, kid; concepts 394,400 …   New thesaurus

  • Goat — Billy goat redirects here. For the Lance Corporal in the Royal Welsh, see William Windsor (goat). For the urban legend, see Curse of the Billy Goat. This article is about the domesticated species. For other species, see Capra (genus). For other… …   Wikipedia

  • GOAT — The classification of the domesticated goat bred in Israel is disputed among scholars, some maintaining that it originates from the wild goat Capra hircus, hence the name of the domesticated goat as Capra hircus mambrica, others, that it… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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