From Middle High German zige, from Old High German ziga, from Proto-Germanic *tigǭ, from *dikéh₂, from Proto-Indo-European *díks (compare Albanian dhi (“she-goat”), Ishkashimi dec (“goatskin bag”)). Cognate with obsolete English tick (“a goat”). Related to Zicke.
Ziege f (genitive Ziege, plural Ziegen)
- The singular refers principally to female goats, though it might also be used for male ones. The plural is entirely neutral with regard to natural gender.
- The female gender may be specified by means of the word Zicke, which is uncommon in literary German, however.
- Geiß f (regional)
- Ziege in Duden online