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Ram vs. Goat: Know the Difference

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A ram is a male sheep, known for its curved horns and woolly coat, while a goat is a distinct species, often with straighter horns and a variety of coat types.
Ram vs. Goat

Key Differences

Rams are male sheep, a species primarily known for wool production, with characteristically curved horns. Goats are a different species, adaptable to various environments, and often recognized for their straight or slightly curved horns.
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Rams play a vital role in sheep herding for wool and meat, known for their larger, muscular build. Goats, versatile in nature, are kept for milk, meat, fur, and even as pets, showcasing a leaner physique.
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Behaviorally, rams are often more aggressive, especially during mating seasons, using their horns for dominance battles. Goats are curious and independent animals, known for their agility and often mischievous behavior.
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In farming, rams are integral for breeding in sheep populations, contributing to wool and meat industries. Goats have a broader utility range, providing resources like cashmere and goat cheese, besides meat and milk.
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In cultural symbolism, rams are often associated with determination and leadership, seen in zodiac signs and mythology. Goats carry diverse symbolic meanings, from resourcefulness to playfulness, across different cultures.
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Comparison Chart

Species

Ovis aries (sheep)
Capra aegagrus hircus (goat)
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Horn Shape

Typically curved
Straight or slightly curved
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Primary Use

Wool and meat production
Milk, meat, fur, pets
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Behavior

More aggressive, especially in mating season
Curious, independent, agile
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Cultural Symbolism

Determination, leadership
Resourcefulness, playfulness
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Ram and Goat Definitions

Ram

A male sheep, especially when fully grown.
The ram in the field was guarding the flock.
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Goat

The acronym for 'Greatest of All Time.'
Many consider Muhammad Ali the GOAT of boxing.
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Ram

A device used for battering or crashing.
They used a ram to break down the door.
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Goat

A domesticated ruminant animal with backward-curving horns.
The farmer kept goats for milk and cheese.
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Ram

To forcefully push something in a direction.
He rammed the stick into the ground.
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Goat

A scapegoat or one who is blamed for others' faults.
He felt like the goat after the team's loss.
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Ram

Digital memory hardware in which information can be accessed in any order with equal speed.
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Goat

An agile and sturdy animal often found in mountainous regions.
Mountain goats are adept at navigating rocky terrain.
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Ram

A male sheep.
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Goat

A symbol of playfulness or lechery in various cultures.
In folklore, the goat often symbolizes mischief.
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Ram

A battering ram.
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Goat

A domesticated ruminant mammal (Capra hircus) having backward curving horns and a beard especially in the male, raised for its wool, milk, and meat.
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Ram

The weight that drops in a pile driver or steam hammer.
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Goat

Any of various wild ruminant mammals of the genus Capra and related genera, including the ibexes and the wild goat (C. aegagrus) of Eurasia.
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Ram

The plunger or piston of a force pump or hydraulic press.
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Goat

A lecherous man.
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Ram

A hydraulic ram.
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Goat

A person who is blamed for a failure or misfortune, especially a scapegoat.
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Ram

A projection on the prow of a warship, used to batter or cut into enemy vessels.
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Goat

See Capricorn.
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Ram

A ship having such a projection.
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Goat

See Capricornus.
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Ram

Ram See Aries.
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Goat

A mammal, Capra aegagrus hircus, and similar species of the genus Capra.
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Ram

To strike or drive against with a heavy impact; butt
Rammed the door with a sledgehammer until it broke open.
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Goat

(uncountable) The meat of the aforementioned animal.
Ugh, we're having goat for dinner again.
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Ram

To force or press into place.
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Goat

(slang) A lecherous man.
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Ram

To cram; stuff
Rammed the clothes into the suitcase.
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Goat

(informal) A scapegoat.
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Ram

To force passage or acceptance of
Rammed the project through the city council despite local opposition.
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Goat

(slang) A Pontiac GTO car.
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Ram

A male sheep, typically uncastrated.
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Goat

(speech recognition) A person who is not easily understood by a speech recognition system; contrasted with sheep.
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Ram

A battering ram; a heavy object used for breaking through doors.
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Goat

A fool, loser, or object of ridicule.
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Ram

A warship intended to sink other ships by ramming them.
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Goat

(roller derby) A blocker who is isolated behind the opposing team's blockers, so as to slow down the pack.
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Ram

A reinforced section of the bow of a warship, intended to be used for ramming other ships.
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Goat

(acronym) Greatest of All Time
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Ram

A piston powered by hydraulic pressure.
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Goat

(transitive) To allow goats to feed on.
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Ram

An act of ramming.
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Goat

(transitive) To scapegoat.
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Ram

A weight which strikes a blow, in a ramming device such as a pile driver, steam hammer, or stamp mill.
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Goat

To isolate (an opposing blocker) behind one's own blockers, so as to slow down the pack.
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Ram

(ambitransitive) To collide with (an object), usually with the intention of damaging it or disabling its function.
The man, driving an SUV, then rammed the gate, according to police.
[http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/12/29/snatch-thieves-rammed-by-victim-accidentally/ Two snatch thieves who snatched a woman's bag experienced swift karma when their victim accidentally rammed into their motorcycle.]
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Goat

A hollow-horned ruminant of the genus Capra, of several species and varieties, esp. the domestic goat (Capra hircus), which is raised for its milk, flesh, and skin.
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Ram

(transitive) To strike (something) hard, especially with an implement.
To build a sturdy fence, you have to ram the posts deep into the ground.
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Goat

Any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
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Ram

(transitive) To seat a cartridge, projectile, or propellant charge in the breech of a firearm by pushing or striking.
After placing the cartridge in the musket, ram it down securely with the ramrod.
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Goat

A victim of ridicule or pranks
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Ram

(transitive) To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
Rammed earth walls
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Goat

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
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Ram

(slang) To thrust during sexual intercourse.
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Goat

The tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
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Ram

(Northern England) rancid; offensive in smell or taste.
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Ram

The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
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Ram

Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March.
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Ram

An engine of war used for butting or battering.
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Ram

A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
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Ram

The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
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Ram

The plunger of a hydraulic press.
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Ram

To butt or strike against; to drive a ram against or through; to thrust or drive with violence; to force in; to drive together; to cram; as, to ram an enemy's vessel; to ram piles, cartridges, etc.
[They] rammed me in with foul shirts, and smocks, socks, foul stockings, greasy napkins.
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Ram

To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
A ditch . . . was filled with some sound materials, and rammed to make the foundation solid.
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Ram

The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
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Ram

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
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The first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
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Ram

A tool for driving or forcing something by impact
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Ram

Uncastrated adult male sheep;
A British term is `tup'
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Ram

Strike or drive against with a heavy impact;
Ram the gate with a sledgehammer
Pound on the door
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Ram

Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;
She rammed her mind into focus
He drives me mad
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Ram

Undergo damage or destruction on impact;
The plane crashed into the ocean
The car crashed into the lamp post
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Ram

Crowd or pack to capacity;
The theater was jampacked
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Ram

To strike or crash violently and forcefully.
The waves rammed against the shoreline.
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Ram

A computer's memory directly accessible by the CPU.
His computer's performance improved after upgrading the RAM.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is the primary difference between a ram and a goat?

A ram is a male sheep, while a goat is a separate species.
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Can rams and goats interbreed?

No, they are different species and cannot interbreed.
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What are the main uses of goats?

Goats are kept for milk, meat, fur, and sometimes as pets.
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Can both rams and goats be found in the wild?

While there are wild species, most rams and goats are domesticated.
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What are rams primarily used for?

Rams are used for breeding in sheep herds and wool production.
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Do rams and goats have different types of horns?

Yes, rams typically have curved horns, while goats have straight or slightly curved horns.
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Are rams aggressive?

Rams can be aggressive, especially during mating season.
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What is unique about goats’ behavior?

Goats are known for their curiosity, independence, and agility.
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Are rams or goats better for small farms?

It depends on the farm's purpose; goats are more versatile, but rams are essential for wool production.
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What is the lifespan of a ram compared to a goat?

Both typically live around 10 to 12 years, depending on conditions.
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Can goats climb better than rams?

Generally, goats are more adept at climbing, especially mountain goats.
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Do rams have any special significance in culture?

Yes, rams often symbolize strength and leadership in various cultures.
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What is the symbolical meaning of goats?

Goats symbolize resourcefulness, agility, and sometimes playfulness or lechery.
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Is the meat of rams and goats different in taste?

Yes, there is a distinct taste difference between sheep and goat meat.
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Are rams used in any sports or games?

Not commonly, though their horns and image are sometimes used in symbols and mascots.
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Do goats have any specific dietary needs?

Goats are browsers and prefer a varied diet, including shrubs and tree leaves.
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Are there any famous breeds of rams?

Yes, breeds like Merino and Suffolk are well-known for their wool.
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What are some popular goat breeds?

Popular breeds include Nubian, Boer, and Angora goats.
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Are rams or goats easier to care for?

Both require specific care, but goats are often considered more independent.
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Can rams and goats coexist peacefully in a farm setting?

Yes, with proper management, they can coexist peacefully.
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