A four-legged, rambunctious farm animal with small curved horns is a goat. Farmers raise goats for milk, wool, and meat — as well as for their skill at clearing weeds from fields.

Goats aren't perfect pets because they'll nibble on just about anything, including paper, clothing, rope, outdoor furniture, and your flower garden. A well-fed goat, however, won't eat tin cans and newspaper, although they'll happily clear the poison ivy out of your yard. Goats, which are close relatives of sheep, are among the oldest domesticated animals. The Proto-Indo-European root of goat also means "to play."

Definitions of goat

n any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns

caprine animal
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young goat
billy, billy goat, he-goat
male goat
nanny, nanny-goat, she-goat
female goat
Capra hircus, domestic goat
any of various breeds of goat raised for milk or meat or wool
wild goat
undomesticated goat
Cashmere goat, Kashmir goat
Himalayan goat having a silky undercoat highly prized as cashmere wool
Angora, Angora goat
a domestic breed of goat raised for its long silky hair which is the true mohair
Capra aegagrus, bezoar goat, pasang
wild goat of Iran and adjacent regions
Capra falconeri, markhoor, markhor
large Himalayan goat with large spiraled horns
Capra ibex, ibex
wild goat of mountain areas of Eurasia and northern Africa having large recurved horns
Type of:
hollow-horned ruminants

n a victim of ridicule or pranks

butt, laughingstock, stooge
April fool
the butt of a prank played on April 1st
Type of:
dupe, victim
a person who is tricked or swindled

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