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Goat Words

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Goat Words game quiz
"A surprising number of English words and phrases are derived from words having to do with goats. How many do you know?"

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1. What zodiacal sign is associated with the goat? (A hint- the first 4 words of this quiz all share the same Latin root, so getting the first answer will help you with them!)
    Answer: (One Word)

2. This word, meaning to playfully leap and hop, was inspired by the playfulness of goat kids.
    Answer: (One Word-5 letters)

3. A move in dressage, the art of 'dancing with horses', is also named after the leap of a goat. In this move, the horse jumps upward without moving forward, kicking its back legs out as it leaps. What is this move called?
    Answer: (One word- 8 letters)

4. This word means 'impulsive and unpredictable.' Obviously, the Romans thought of the goat as a flighty and playful beast!
    Answer: (One Word- 10 letters)

5. Now we switch to some words with Greek roots. This word for a play with an unhappy ending or for a sad event comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'goat song.'
    Answer: (One Word)

6. This is a tough one! The name of this gum, used in cooking, pharmaceutical preparations, and printing, comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'goat thorn.'
    Answer: (One Word-10 letters)

7. Here is another toughie (but remember, these all share the same Latin root, so if you got 5, you have a clue!) Do you have hairy ears? What is the scientific name for an ear hair? It means 'goat' in Greek.
    Answer: (One Word-6 letters)

8. OK, enough of Greek and Latin. Let's try a couple words of French derivation. The first means, quite simply, 'goat cheese.'
    Answer: (One Word-6 letters, no accent marks)

9. Another French-derived word means a V-shaped pattern, commonly found on military badges. It's also the name of a large US chain of gas stations.
    Answer: (One Word)

10. Back to the Greeks. Who was the Greek god, known for his appetites for many things and his pipe-playing, who has the horns, ears and torso of a goat?
    Answer: (One Word)

11. The same goat-footed god inspired a word meaning 'sudden, overpowering terror or alarm.' What is that word?
    Answer: (One Word)

12. The next three words all describe materials made from goat hair. The first comes from a phrase of Arabic origin, 'mukhayyar', meaning 'a fabric made from the wool of a goat.'
    Answer: (One Word-6 letters)

13. The next type of fabric is a soft fabric made from the undercoat of a goat. This fabric is named after the area of India and Pakistan where the fabric was first made.
    Answer: (One Word-8 letters)

14. The last fabric is named after a region in Turkey. It is the softest and most luxurious of the goat hair fabrics.
    Answer: (One Word- 6 letters)

15. The Greeks made much use of goat symbolism, so we are back to them. This word, meaning 'protection', 'sponsorship' or 'direction', was derived from the name of Athena's shield.
    Answer: (One Word- 5 letters)

16. This term means 'someone who is punished for the wrongdoings of another,' and has Biblical origins.
    Answer: (One Word-9 letters)

17. 'Tragelaphus', meaning 'goat deer', is the name for a genus of what kind of animals?
    Mountain goats

18. What word is both a colloquialism for a female goat and a term for a child's caretaker?
    Answer: (One Word)

19. What word means both a baby human and a baby goat?
    Answer: (One Word)

20. Another toughie for the last one. A genus of pheasantlike birds with brilliant plumage and unusual courtship displays bears a name derived from both a Greek root meaning 'goat' and a Greek god. What is this genus?
    Answer: (One Word-8 letters)

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Compiled Jun 28 12