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I have come across the following translations:






I am positive they cannot all be exactly the same thing. Can someone please help me understand the differences, however minor? And if at all they happen to be the same thing what's the usage preference in Mexican Spanish? Please mention your country/region in your answer to help understand if there's any regional nuance to your usage.

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closed as off-topic by Flimzy Jul 10 '14 at 15:07

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Have you tried looking them each up in a dictionary? That would be a good first step. chivo, cabra, cordero, carnero, oveja. Once you've done that, if you still have questions about the differences or nuances, that will make for a much better question here. – Flimzy Jul 10 '14 at 15:07
Flimzy, feel free to go close my question. I had a genuine doubt so asked the question and don't see anything wrong with it here. Anyways, as you can see below, I have already received and accepted an answer so the closing of the question doesn't bother me. Cheers – TheLearner Jul 11 '14 at 16:14
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Use "cabra", that's the most universal word for goat. The other words are not goat exactly, such as "oveja" is sheep or "cordero" is baby sheep. I'm from Argentina. Hope this is helpful!

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Thanks for the quick response! What about chivo and carnero? – TheLearner Jul 4 '14 at 0:25
"Chivo" is baby goat and "carnero" is a male sheep. It's quite tricky since there are several words for similar things. – Eleyson Jul 4 '14 at 0:31
In Mexico Chivo is the same as Goat but now Cabra is more used. – Jaime Jul 4 '14 at 4:06
I Spain, at least where I live, a baby goat is called cabrito. Chivo is normally used to describe a type of beard (barba de chivo). – itziki Jul 4 '14 at 6:53
Thanks for being so helpful Jaime and itziki! – TheLearner Jul 11 '14 at 16:09

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