cap·​rine ˈka-ˌprīn How to pronounce caprine (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a goat
caprine serum
the caprine family

Examples of caprine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To mine this caprine local knowledge, a handful of these animals were fitted with electronic tags, allowing the researchers to monitor their behavior from afar. WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023 The same problem sometimes occurs when A.I. tries to render smaller features such as ears, which appear as fleshy whirlpools without the intricate cartilage structure; or teeth, which sit incorrectly in the mouth; or pupils, which turn out as caprine blobs. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin caprinus, from capr-, caper

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprine was in the 15th century

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“Caprine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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