capri-, capr-

(Latin: goat, resembling a goat)

caprinic (noun), more caprinic, most caprinic
Similar to a goat.
capriola (s) (noun), capriolas (pl)
1. In dressage, a vertical leap in which all four of the horse's feet leave the ground and then its hind legs are kicked out.
2. A playful leap or jump performed in ballet.
3. Etymology: from Late 16th century via French, from Latin capreolus, "little goat"; from Latin caper, "goat".
capriole (s) (noun), caprioles (pl)
1. An upward leap made by a trained horse without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap, and then lands again on the same spot.
2. A playful leap or jump; a caper.
capriped (s) (noun), capripeds (pl)
1. Having feet like those of a goat.
2. Goat-footed; such as, a satyr.
capripede (s) (noun), capripedes(pl)
A satyr, with goat feet.
caprizant (s) (noun), caprizants (pl)
A bounding, leaping, or jumping with uneven movement: A caprizant is an abnormal dilation of an artery which is followed by a fuller one; such as, a large-volume pulse.
caprylic (adjective), more caprylic, most caprylic
Relating to or pertaining to an animal odor; such as, a goat.
The Indian antelope, or Antilope bezoartica, or Antilopa Cervicapra; is noted for its beauty and swiftness. It has long, spiral, divergent horns.

It is about two and a half feet in height, of a reddish-brown color, with a white stomach and feet, has long naked ears, and a short, erect tail. The horns are black, about twelve inches long, and bent like a lyre.

The Cervicaprine inhabits Barbary, Egypt, Arabia, and Syria, and is about half the size of a fallow deer. It lives in large flocks, is easily tamed, although it is naturally very timid; and its flesh is considered to be excellent food.

chevron (s) (noun), chevrons (pl)
1. A V-shaped symbol, especially a badge or insignia consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of a military or police uniform to indicate rank, merit, or length of service.
2. A heraldic ornament in the form of a wide inverted V-shape.
3. Etymology: from Old French chevron, "rafter"; since it looks like rafters of a shallow roof, from Vulgar Latin caprione, from Latin caper, "goat"; the likely connection between goats and rafters (from the meeting of rafters at an angle) is believed to be the resemblance to the animal's angular hind legs.
Probitas laudatur et alget. Criminibus debent hortos praetoria mensas, argentum vetus et stantem extra pocula caprum. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Honesty is praised and left out in the cold. Gardens, palaces, rich tables, old silver, and those embossed goats on the cups; men owe these to their crimes."

From Decimus Iunius (Junius) Iuvenalis (Juvenalis) (c. A.D. 60-117); Saturae, I, 74; who attacked the vices of the plutocrats, the wickedness and immorality of women and foreigners (particularly Greeks), and grieves about the decline of the ancient aristocratic virtues.

Rixatur de lana caprina.
He quarrels over goat's hair.

"He quibbles over straws." Fabric woven of wool was prized, fabric woven of goat's hair was not.

rupicaprine (adjective), more rupicaprine, most rupicaprine
1. A reference to chamoix or chamois: hoofed mammals of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tips.
2. A soft suede leather formerly from the sheep of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin.
3. Also chammy or shammy: a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin.
4. A cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather.
5. Etymology: from Middle French, from Late Latin camox; a small goatlike bovid (Rupicapra rupicapra) of mountainous regions from southern Europe to the Caucasus.
Tropic of Capricorn
1. The parallel of latitude 23° 27' south of the equator, the southern boundary of the Torrid Zone, and the most southerly latitude at which the sun can shine directly overhead (at the December solstice).
2. In astronomy, the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.

Related goat-word units: aego-; hirco-; tragico-.