In general, a compound has properties markedly different from those of the elements of which it is composed.
The flowers are generally arranged in terminal or axillary clusters, and are markedly regular with the same number of parts in each series.
Although the more typical goats are markedly distinct from sheep, there is, both as regards wild and domesticated forms, an almost complete gradation from goats to sheep, so that it is exceedingly difficult to define either group. The position of the genus Capra (to all the members of which, as well as some allied species, the name "goat" in its wider sense is applicable) in the family Bovidae is indicated in the article Bovidae, and some of the distinctions between goats and sheep are mentioned in the article Sheep. Here then it will suffice to mention that goats are characterized by the strong and offensive odour of the males, which are furnished with a beard on the chin; while as a general rule glands are present between the middle toes of the fore feet only.
It is a tetrabasic acid, of markedly acid character, and readily decomposes carbonates and acetates.