goat meat or goat's meat is the meat of the domestic goat (capra aegagrus hircus). the common name for goat meat is simply "goat", though meat from adult goats is referred to as chevon and cabrito, while from young goats, it is capretto, natale or kid. in south asian, australian, and jamaican cuisine, mutton commonly refers goat meat, though it originally referred to lamb meat. in south asia, where mutton curry is popular, "mutton" sometimes refers interchangeably for both goat and lamb meat. according to market research, consumers in the united states prefer the french language-derived culinary name chevon (from chèvre). cabrito, a word of spanish and portuguese origin, refers specifically to young, milk-fed goat.