Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various hollow-horned, bearded ruminant mammals of the genus Capra, originally of mountainous areas of the Old World, especially any of the domesticated forms of C. hircus, raised for wool, milk, and meat.
  • n. A lecherous man.
  • n. A scapegoat.
  • n. See Capricorn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mammal, of the genus Capra.
  • n. A lecherous man.
  • n. A scapegoat.
  • v. To allow goats to feed on.
  • v. To scapegoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hollow-horned ruminant of the genus Capra, of several species and varieties, esp. the domestic goat (Capra hircus), which is raised for its milk, flesh, and skin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horned ruminant quadruped of the genus Capra (Or Hircus).
  • n. plural In zoology, the Caprinœ as a subfamily of Bovidœ or Antilopidœ. There are several genera and species. See Ægocerus, Capra, Hemitragus, Kemas.
  • n. Same as goatskin, 2.
  • n. A stepping-stone.
  • n. Another spelling of gote.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
  • n. the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
  • n. any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
  • n. a victim of ridicule or pranks

Etymologies

Middle English got, from Old English gāt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gote, goot, got, gat, from Old English gāt ("goat"), from Proto-Germanic *gaits (“goat”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰaid- (“kid, goat”). Cognate with Scots gait, gayt ("goat"), West Frisian geit ("goat"), Dutch geit ("goat"), Low German geit ("goat"), German Geiß ("goat"), Danish ged ("goat"), Swedish get ("goat"), Icelandic geit ("goat"), Latin haedus ("kid"), Old Church Slavonic заѩць (zajęcĭ, "hare"), Armenian ձի (ji, "horse"), Sanskrit हय (háya, "horse"), जिहीते (jihīte, "he jumps"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "A narrow cavern or inlet, into which the sea enters." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 19, 2011

  • bilby... you're right. That's damn funny.

    January 21, 2010

  • I'm with ruzuzu! After all, a kid'll eat ivy too. And oats.

    January 21, 2010

  • Mares eat oats. And does eat oats. I take umbrage at the fact that you're offering oats only for goats. Wouldn't you?

    January 21, 2010

  • Special sale on oats for goats. Only five groats!

    January 20, 2010

  • You know what I find? People who engage in frequent umbrage-taking really get my goat. The explanation for this is a little murky, but I think it has something to do with the beast's incorrigible tendency to wander into the umbrage patch and start nibbling. Next thing you know, it's been hustled into the thieving rascals' umbrage sack.

    Damned umbrage takers! They really get my goat.

    January 20, 2010

  • I like that the goat roper is named "Beardsley"!

    January 20, 2010

  • Sounds like a description of Australians.

    January 20, 2010

  • Heehee!

    January 20, 2010

  • This is one of the best descriptions of goat behavior I've seen in print:
    "Before I could inquire further into his state of health, though, I was interrupted by the emergence from the barn of Mrs. Beardsley, leading six goats, roped together like a gang of jovially inebriate convicts."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 449

    January 20, 2010

  • Quote here.

    August 12, 2009

  • (G)reatest (O)f (A)ll (T)ime

    June 17, 2009

  • Grouped Optimal Aggregation Technique.

    April 1, 2009

  • I can't believe it's not goat!

    April 1, 2009

  • Goat meat is very nice, though an older animal needs plenty of cooking. It's a perfect meat for curry. There was always goat in the freezer when I was a kid; we ate it about once a week. The surplus we sold live - the main buyers were muslims to whom my father didn't particularly like selling as he thought the halal method of slaughter was unnecessarily cruel. I agree, although I've visited a couple of (non-halal) slaughterhouses and they were crueller than I would've liked.

    Prolagus, that's really interesting. Elite? Is this a fad, or a tradition?

    April 1, 2009

  • In Italy, I would say that it's rather élite food.

    April 1, 2009

  • “Admittedly, I’m late to the party: goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world, a staple of, among others, Mexican, Indian, Greek and southern Italian cuisines.”

    The New York Times, How I Learned to Love Goat, by Henry Alford, March 31, 2009

    April 1, 2009