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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ʃəʊt/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊt

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English schote, of uncertain origin. Perhaps a special use of Middle English schote (projectile, young shoot), or perhaps of Middle Low German origin, cognate with West Flemish schote (young piglet).

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Noun edit

shoat (plural shoats)

  1. A young, newly-weaned pig.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, page 68:
      Why, was not one animal of every kind – a calf, and a lamb, and a filly, and a shote – upon the place marked with little Moses's own brand?
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
      There would have been nature studies – a tiger pursuing a bird of paradise, a choking snake sheathing whole the flayed trunk of a shoat.
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Etymology 2 edit

Blend of sheep +‎ goat

Noun edit

shoat (plural shoats)

  1. A geep, a sheep-goat hybrid (whether artificially produced or the result of animals from these species naturally intermating).

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