mountain goat


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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There aren't too many (any?) mountain goats in New England, are there? Gary Trust, Billboard, "Hayley Sabella on New Song 'If I Reach' & Being Drawn to 'Music of the Devastating Variety': Premiere," 17 Apr. 2018 The noise and high traffic volume will likely temporarily displace the Canada lynx, grizzly bears, mountain goats, golden eagles and other wildlife that frequent the area, according to the analysis. Washington Post, "Glacier park to rebuild historical chalet destroyed in fire," 17 May 2018 Inhabitants include bears, wolves, caribou, salmon, Dall sheep and mountain goats. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 Sadly, New England is not a habitat for mountain goats. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Hayley Sabella on New Song 'If I Reach' & Being Drawn to 'Music of the Devastating Variety': Premiere," 17 Apr. 2018 Nike’s team claims to have been inspired by a mountain goat when making this particular sneaker, and let’s just say those things know their way around the side of a hill. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Nike ACG's New Hiking Sneakers Look Great—and Will Actually Get You Up a Mountain," 29 May 2018 Best Ways to See Wildlife From April through October, Discover Banff Tours runs two-hour twilight wildlife safaris to find wolves, caribou, elk, mountain goats, and even grizzlies. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Banff's Top Family Adventures," 11 Apr. 2018 Hunters documented the number of chamois and tahr, exotic species of mountain goat introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th century. New York Times, "At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community," 14 Feb. 2018 State biologists live-captured 39 mountain goats in Southeast and on the Kenai; two from the Kenai tested positive for Movi and showed no signs of illness, state officials say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "A pathogen that can kill wild sheep and goats has never turned up in Alaska — until now," 18 Mar. 2018

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mountain goat

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

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Kids Definition of mountain goat

: a goatlike animal of the mountains of western North America with a thick white coat and slightly curved black horns

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