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
  1. noun
    any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    a victim of ridicule or pranks
    synonyms: butt, laughingstock, stooge
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    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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