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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Two fat cats scrambled on the rocks around me like mountain goats. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 But reindeer are not as sure-footed as mountain goats, putting them at risk of falling. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "More Than 200 Reindeer Starved to Death in Norway," 31 July 2019 Bighorns also must compete with non-native mountain goats for terrain. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Vail housing proposal spotlights growing threat to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep habitat," 27 July 2019 Operations to move as many as possible of an estimated 700 mountain goats in Olympic National Park began last year. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 Washington Olympic National Park: For the second straight summer, mountain goats are flying. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 For the second straight summer, mountain goats are flying in Olympic National Park. Washington Post, "Mountain goat relocation resumes in Olympic National Park," 9 July 2019 In the 1920s, humans introduced mountain goats to the Olympics, according to the National Park Service. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The government is blindfolding mountain goats to fly them back to their native habitat in Washington," 10 July 2019 The largest male mountain goat was found in Alaska and weighed in at 385 pounds. Nina Wladkowski, Anchorage Daily News, "Welcome to Alaska, where everything is super-sized," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of mountain goat

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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