A goatherd (IPAEng|ˈgoʊtˌhɜrd) or a goatherder is a person who herds goats for a living. Similar to a shepherd who tends sheep for a living, the drover here herds goats. Goatherds are popular in countries where goat populations are natively high; for instance, in Africa and South Asia.Fact|date=February 2007 Herding a goat is much more difficult than herding sheep as, unlike sheep, goats do not have a herding instinct and each goat will tend to stray farther in search of better foliage and grass. It is for this reason that, in these areas, goats are costlier than sheep.Or|date=September 2007

Fictional goatherds include Peter from Johanna Spyri's "Heidi", and the song "The Lonely Goatherd" from "The Sound of Music".

The word capriculturist, which is derived from Latin, began to appear with more frequency in the late 1940s.Fact|date=February 2007

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  • Goatherd — Goat herd , n. One who tends goats. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goatherd — early 13c. (as a surname), from GOAT (Cf. goat) + HERD (Cf. herd) …   Etymology dictionary

  • goatherd — ► NOUN ▪ a person who tends goats …   English terms dictionary

  • goatherd — [gōt′hʉrd΄] n. one who herds or tends goats …   English World dictionary

  • goatherd — UK [ˈɡəʊtˌhɜː(r)d] / US [ˈɡoʊtˌhɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms goatherd : singular goatherd plural goatherds someone whose job is to look after goats …   English dictionary

  • goatherd — noun Etymology: Middle English goteherd, from Old English gāthyrd Date: before 12th century a person who tends goats …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • goatherd — /goht herrd /, n. a person who tends goats. [bef. 1000; ME; OE gathyrde. See GOAT, HERD2] * * * …   Universalium

  • goatherd — noun A person who tends goats …   Wiktionary

  • goatherd — Synonyms and related words: Gyropilot, automatic pilot, boatheader, boatsteerer, cattleman, cicerone, courier, cowboy, cowgirl, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpuncher, coxswain, dragoman, drover, gaucho, gooseboy, gooseherd, guide, guidepost,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • goatherd — goat|herd [ˈgəuthə:d US ˈgouthə:rd] n someone who looks after a group of goats …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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