aego-, aeg-; ego-, eg- +

(Greek > Latin: goat)

aegagrus (s) (noun), aegagri (pl)
A wild goat: The Capra aegagrus is a widespread species of an undomesticated goat known as the aegagrus with a distribution ranging from Europe and Asia Minor to central Asia and the Middle East.
Aegeus (proper noun)
1.In Greek mythology, a king of Athens and the father of Theseus: Believing his son to be dead, Aegeus threw himself into the Aegean sea (said to have been named Aegean after him).
2. Etymology: From Ancient Greek, possibly derived from aig-, the stem of aix, "goat".

aegicrania (s) (noun), aegicranes; aegicrania (pl)
Sculptured ornaments, used in classical architecture, representing rams' heads or skulls: In Roman antiquity, sculptured goat heads, or aegicrania, were used as embellishments of alters, perhaps following a tradition of hanging up victims' heads.
aegilops, agilops (s) (noun); aegilopses: agilopses (pl)
1. Goat grass. Aegilops is a member of the grass family Poaceae of North America and some species are known to be weeds that spread easily and damage the area.
2. An ulcer in the inner corner of the eye: Aegilps means literally "goat in the eye" and is a fistula in the inner angle of a person's eye.
Aegina (proper noun)
A figure of Greek mythology: Aegina was the nymph of the island that is named after her, "Aegina", which is in the Saronic Gulf between Attica and the Peloponnesos of Greece.

Although the name Aegina hints at a goat-nymph, such as was Cretan Amalthea, she was given a mainland identity as the daughter of the river-god Asopus and the nymph Metope.

aegis, egis (s) (noun); aegises, aegis; egises (pl)
1. A shield or defensive armor: The aegis was a mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena and was shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin.

The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center.

The aegis is considered to be more emblematic of protection and power than a military shield.

2. The power to protect, to support, or to control someone or something: The protection of a citizen's rights is under the aegis of the law.

The local bowling team is under the aegis of a man who guarantees his sponsorship and financial support.

3. Etymology: from Greek aigis, and then from Latin aegis,, "the shield of Zeus", said to be made of goatskin, and therefore popularly derived from aig-, the stem of aix-, "goat".

Zeus, who was the supreme deity of the Greeks, was suckled when he was a baby by a goat named Amalthaea whose skin was subsequently used to cover the great shield of Zeus.

Since this shield was the symbol of the power of the greatest of the gods, anyone who acted under the aegis had the power of the gods supporting him or her.

—Compiled from information located in the
Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, by William and Mary Morris;
Harper & Row, Publishers; New York, 1971; page 7.
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aegobronchophony, egobronchophony (s) (noun); aegobronchophonies; egobronchophonies (pl)
Increased vocal resonance with a high-pitched bleating quality: Aegobronchophony of the transmitted voice is heard particularly by auscultation of the lungs, especially over lung tissue which is compressed by pleural effusion.
aegophony, egophony (s) (noun); aegophonies; egophonies (pl)
1. A peculiar broken quality of voice sounds: Aegophony sounds, like the bleating of a goat, is sometimes noticed in patients with divers kinds of lung conditions.
2. Etymology: from Greek aig-, aix,, "goat" + -phony , "sound".
Aigina (proper noun)
An island in the Aegean Sea in the Saronic Gulf: The most important kinds of occupations for people living on the island of Aegina, which is near Athens, include sponge fishing, the cultivation of almonds, figs, grapes, pistachios and olives, and tourism.

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