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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Recent Examples on the Web Custer is truly a national-caliber state park, thanks to its high-winding scenic drives and a safari-like Wildlife Loop starring pronghorn, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, burros, the elusive mountain goat, and around 1,400 bison. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 In 1859, Mutton ate the head off a mountain goat skin that was in Gibbs’s care, bringing a colleague to near tears. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 10 Mar. 2021 Inside his mummified stomach, researchers were able to find lipid-rich, almost bacon-like mountain goat meat. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 3 Mar. 2021 Instead, Young used his osage longbow to take sheep, mountain goat, moose, and a brown bear on Kodiak Island. Beka Garris, Outdoor Life, 16 Dec. 2020 In February, Grand Teton National Park contracted helicopter crews to eradicate its mountain goat population, which is competing with the park’s native bighorn sheep. Outdoor Life, 24 Nov. 2020 The aftermath of these cuts has degraded, even destroyed, habitat critical to salmon, Sitka blacktail deer, mountain goat, and brown bears. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, 28 Oct. 2020 The meat my family eats consists of deer, mountain goat, moose, and salmon. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, 28 Oct. 2020 The mountain goat is considered native to the high-elevation areas of the Northern Rockies and Northern Cascades as far south as central Idaho. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mountain goat

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 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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