A goatherd (IPAEng|ˈgoʊtˌhɜrd) or a goatherder is a person who herds
goats for a living. Similar to a shepherdwho tends sheep for a living, the drover here herds goats. Goatherds are popular in countries where goat populations are natively high; for instance, in Africaand 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 instinctand 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