Rangifer caribou
Reindeer Rein"deer` (r?n"d?r), n. [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E. deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish reino pasturage.] [Formerly written also {raindeer}, and {ranedeer}.] (Zool.) Any ruminant of the genus {Rangifer}, of the Deer family, found in the colder parts of both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and having long irregularly branched antlers, with the brow tines palmate. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common European species ({Rangifer tarandus}) is domesticated in Lapland. The woodland reindeer or caribou ({Rangifer caribou}) is found in Canada and Maine (see {Caribou}.) The Barren Ground reindeer or caribou ({Rangifer Gr[oe]nlandicus}), of smaller size, is found on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, in both hemispheries. [1913 Webster]

{Reindeer moss} (Bot.), a gray branching lichen ({Cladonia rangiferina}) which forms extensive patches on the ground in arctic and even in north temperature regions. It is the principal food of the Lapland reindeer in winter.

{Reindeer period} (Geol.), a name sometimes given to a part of the Paleolithic era when the reindeer was common over Central Europe. [1913 Webster]


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  • Rangifer Caribou — Caribou Car i*bou (k[a^]r [i^]*b[=oo]), n. [Canadian French.] (Zo[ o]l.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ({Rangifer Caribou}). [1913 Webster] {Barren Ground caribou}. See under {Barren}. {Woodland caribou}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rangifer Caribou — Caribou Car i*bou (k[a^]r [i^]*b[=oo]), n. [Canadian French.] (Zo[ o]l.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ({Rangifer Caribou}). [1913 Webster] {Barren Ground caribou}. See under {Barren}. {Woodland caribou}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rangifer caribou — noun any of several large caribou living in coniferous forests of southern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus • Syn: ↑woodland caribou • Hypernyms: ↑caribou, ↑reindeer, ↑Greenland caribou, ↑Rangifer tarandus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caribou — Car i*bou (k[a^]r [i^]*b[=oo]), n. [Canadian French.] (Zo[ o]l.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ({Rangifer Caribou}). [1913 Webster] {Barren Ground caribou}. See under {Barren}. {Woodland caribou}, the common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rangifer tarandus — noun Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called reindeer in Eurasia and caribou in North America • Syn: ↑caribou, ↑reindeer, ↑Greenland caribou • Hypernyms: ↑deer, ↑cervid • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rangifer Groenlandicus — Reindeer Rein deer (r?n d?r), n. [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E. deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish reino pasturage.] [Formerly written also {raindeer}, and {ranedeer}.] (Zool.) Any ruminant of the genus {Rangifer}, of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rangifer tarandus — Reindeer Rein deer (r?n d?r), n. [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E. deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish reino pasturage.] [Formerly written also {raindeer}, and {ranedeer}.] (Zool.) Any ruminant of the genus {Rangifer}, of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rangifer Tarandus Caribou — Caribou des bois Caribou des bois …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rangifer tarandus caribou — Caribou des bois Caribou des bois …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Caribou des bois à comportement migratoire — Caribou des bois Caribou des bois …   Wikipédia en Français

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