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

(Greek > Latin: goat)

The wild goat, Capra aegagrus, is a widespread species of goat, with a distribution ranging from Europe and Asia Minor to central Asia and the Middle East.
In Greek mythology, a king of Athens and the father of Theseus.

Believing his son to be dead, he threw himself into the Aegean sea (said to have been named Aegean after him). Possibly derived from aig-, the stem of aix, "goat".

Sculptured ornaments, used in classical architecture, representing rams' heads or skulls.
aegilops, agilops
1. Goat grass.
2. An ulcer in the inner corner of the eye; literally, "goat in the eye".
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.

Aegina was a figure of Greek mythology, the nymph of the island that bears her name, "Aegina", lying in the Saronic Gulf between Attica and the Peloponnesos of Greece.

aegis, egis (s) (noun); aegises (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.
A protective wife.
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Under a protective influence.
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A protective boss.
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aegobronchophony, egobronchophony (s) (noun); aegobronchophonies, egobronchophonies (pl)
Increased vocal resonance with a high-pitched bleating quality of the transmitted voice, detected by auscultation of the lungs; especially, over lung tissue which is compressed by pleural effusion.
aegophony (s) (noun), aegophonies (pl)
1. A peculiar broken quality of voice sounds, like the bleating of a goat, heard near the upper level of the fluid in cases of pleurisy with effusion.
2. Etymology: from Greek aig-, aix,, "goat" + -phony , "sound".
An island in the Aegean Sea in the Saronic Gulf.

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