Definition of mountain goat in English:

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mountain goat

Pronunciation: /ˈmount(ə)n ˌɡōt/

noun

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1 (also Rocky Mountain goat) A goat-antelope with shaggy white hair and backward curving horns, living in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Oreamnos americanus, family Bovidae.
Example sentences
  • Tracks made by birds, elk, deer, big horn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats and the occasional mountain lion are more common in the Black Hills back country.
  • Stop along this byway to hike across broad plateaus and to admire Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer.
  • See wildlife such as bison, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep.
2Any goat that lives on mountains, proverbial for agility.
Example sentences
  • He turns his lens time and again to the majesty and grace of the tahr, the endangered mountain goat found in the Western Ghats.
  • If you are lucky you may see an ibex, or wild mountain goat.
  • Nepal is known internationally for its wool garments, which are made from the fur of the pashmina, a mountain goat that scales the snow-capped mountains.

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Syllabification: moun·tain goat

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