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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Examples of mountain goat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, Camping World noted, visitors can spot everything from mountain goats to elk, bighorn sheep, and even mountain lions. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2024 Even mountain goats can’t scramble up vertical ice, so specialized equipment is needed. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 The thief stole 14 deer mounts, along with a bear hide, a wolf hide, a sheep hide, a mountain goat hide, and multiple boxes of .22 ammo. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 29 Feb. 2024 All the iconic Rocky Mountains animals are present in the park — moose, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, cougars, and grizzly bears. Joe Yogerst, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The agency said the new closure would provide refuge for wildlife like mountain goats, lynx and wolverines. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Blankets woven of dog hair, often mixed with hair from mountain goats and waterfowl or plant fibers, were important trade and gift items. Chris Stantis, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2023 Barbary sheep, mouflon sheep, blackbuck, red stag, sika and axis deer and mountain goats are among the exotic game that roam the ranch. Melissa Manno, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2023 Bruni explained that chunks of the mountain break off from the cliffs during heavy rainstorms or when mountain goats clamber up the slopes. Elaine Sciolino, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountain goat was in 1833

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“Mountain goat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

mountain goat

: a cud-chewing mammal of the mountains of western North America that has a thick yellowish white hairy coat and slightly curved black horns and closely resembles a goat

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