Ziege

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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Ziege f (genitive Ziege, plural Ziegen)

  1. goat

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  • 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.

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