Angora goat


Angora goat

noun

Definition of ANGORA GOAT

:  any of a breed of domestic goats raised for their long silky hair which is the true mohair

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First Known Use of ANGORA GOAT

1833

Angora goat

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Angora goat—Grant Heilman Photography, Inc.

Breed of domestic goat that originated in ancient times in the district of Angora in Asia Minor. Its silky coat yields commercial mohair. Angora goats are generally smaller than other domestic goats and sheep and have long, drooping ears. Both sexes are horned. The Western mohair industry developed after the animal was established in South Africa in the mid-19th century. Importation to the U.S. followed shortly, and breeding there has centred in the Southwest. The coat, with its strong elastic fibres, differs from wool primarily in its smoothness and lustre.

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