One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A goat-antelope with shaggy white hair and backward curving horns, living in the Rocky Mountains.
Oreamnos americanus, family Bovidae
- ‘Brown and black bears, wolves, wolverines and mountain goats roam the mountains, while millions of migratory birds rest and feed along mudflats and estuaries.’
- ‘The five national and sixty six provincial parks contain a healthy population of bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, bears, wolves, bison and woodland caribou.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The antique red bus is a symbol of Glacier, like the mountain goat or grizzly bear.’
- ‘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.
- ‘They are like the mountain goat, who climbs by instinct.’
- ‘Once upon a time - last year, actually - a mountain goat named Celia was wandering through the Pyrenees.’
- ‘She clambers up the hill with the ease of a mountain goat, occasionally looking down to grin at me.’
- ‘In one of the noodle shops we met Bob, a guide as sure-footed as a mountain goat.’
- ‘He must be on a secret diet because he went up that hill like a mountain goat.’
- ‘I thought that as dad was a smoker we would be evenly matched but he started springing from rock to rock like a mountain goat.’
- ‘If you are lucky you may see an ibex, or wild mountain goat.’
- ‘Taking the steps four or five at a time, he zipped up the stairs like a mountain goat and threw a pair of double doors open like an irritated tailor tearing through an unhewn garment with a meticulously sharpened pair of scissors.’
- ‘No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot keep up with my guide, Alistair, who scampers over the screes like some tweed-clad mountain goat.’
- ‘He turns his lens time and again to the majesty and grace of the tahr, the endangered mountain goat found in the Western Ghats.’
- ‘She obviously had not been a mountain goat in a past life then.’
- ‘Ma Qiang gives emergency medical treatment to a Tibetan mountain goat injured in a fight with its companions.’
- ‘Petrina negotiates these difficult territories like a surefooted mountain goat.’
- ‘He's probably quick and sure footed as a mountain goat.’
- ‘While I stood happily on top of the cliff savoring the view, Brian quickly raced back down like a mountain goat to get the others.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He leapt up and down the staircase like a mountain goat on speed.’
- ‘The restaurant's name comes from the famous Jamavar shawls of Kashmir, made from delicate fleece of the Tibetan mountain goat.’
- ‘The Sherpas were also happy to eat muffins instead of mountain goat.’
- ‘The bucardo, a Pyrenean mountain goat, became extinct in January, when the last of its kind was put out of its lonely misery by a falling tree.’
- ‘It was slightly annoying to hear the little girl tripping along behind him like a young mountain goat.’
mountain goat/ˈmount(ə)n ˌɡōt/
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