mountain goat


mountain goat


: an animal that has horns and a thick white coat and that lives in the mountains of western North America

Full Definition of MOUNTAIN GOAT

:  a ruminant mammal (Oreamnos americanus) of mountainous northwestern North America that has a thick yellowish-white coat and slightly curved horns and resembles a goat

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mountain goat

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus)—Earl Kubis/Root Resources

Ruminant (bovid species Oreamnos americanus) of the Yukon to the northern Rockies that is more closely related to antelopes than to goats. Stocky, with a hump at the withers, mountain goats stand about 40 in. (1 m) at the shoulder. Both sexes bear short, hollow, slightly backward-curving, black horns. The shaggy, coarse white hair covers a thick, woolly underfur, and a beard frames the slender muzzle. The hooves are black. Mountain goats are agile climbers and can leap more than 12 ft (3.5 m). They live in small bands above the timberline, eating moss, lichen, and scrub foliage.


mountain goat or Rocky Mountain goat


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