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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caribou, reindeer, Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandusnoun

    Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America


  1. reindeernoun

    An Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer with a number of subspecies. The North American subspecies are known as caribou.


  1. Reindeer

    The reindeer or caribou (Rangifer tarandus), is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, subarctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of Northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. This includes both sedentary and migratory populations. It is the only representative of the genus Rangifer. Herd size varies greatly in different geographic regions. More recent studies suggest the splitting of reindeer and caribou into 6 distinct species over their range. Reindeer occur in both migratory and sedentary populations, and their herd sizes vary greatly in different regions. The tundra subspecies are adapted for extreme cold, and some are adapted for long-distance migration. Reindeer vary greatly in size and color from the smallest, the Svalbard reindeer (R. (t.) platyrhynchus), to the largest, Osborn's caribou (R. t. osborni). Although reindeer are quite numerous, some species and subspecies are in decline and considered Vulnerable. They are unique among deer (Cervidae) in that females may have antlers, although the prevalence of antlered females varies by species and subspecies. Reindeer are the only successfully semi-domesticated deer on a large scale in the world, and both wild and domestic reindeer have been an important source of food, clothing, and shelter for Arctic people throughout history and are still herded and hunted today. Wild reindeer "may well be the species of single greatest importance in the entire anthropological literature on hunting." In some traditional Christmas legends, Santa Claus's reindeer pull a sleigh through the night sky to help Santa Claus deliver gifts to good children on Christmas Eve.


  1. reindeer

    A reindeer, also known as a caribou in North America, is a species of deer found in arctic, subarctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions. They are renowned for their endurance and ability to survive in extremely cold conditions. They are commonly associated with Christmas folklore where they are depicted as pulling Santa's sleigh. Reindeer have large bodies, long legs, and are usually brown with a white neck and underside. They are also known for their large, impressive antlers which both males and females grow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reindeernoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E. deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish reino pasturage.]


  1. Reindeer

    The reindeer, also known as the caribou in North America, is a species of deer native to Arctic and Subarctic regions. This includes both resident and migratory populations. While overall widespread and numerous, some of its subspecies are rare and at least one has already gone extinct. Reindeer vary considerably in color and size. Both sexes grow antlers, though they are typically larger in males. However, there are a few populations in which females lack antlers completely. Wild reindeer hunting and herding of semi-domesticated reindeer are important to several Arctic and Subarctic peoples. The reindeer is well known in folklore due to Santa Claus's sleigh being pulled by flying reindeer, a popular element of Christmas. In Lapland, reindeer pull pulks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reindeer

    rān′dēr, n. a kind of deer in the north, valuable for the chase and for domestic uses.—n. Rein′deer-moss, a lichen, the winter food of the reindeer. [Ice. hreinn, and Eng. deer.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Reindeer

    A genus of deer, Rangifer, that inhabits the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America. Caribou is the North American name; reindeer, the European. They are often domesticated and used, especially in Lapland, for drawing sleds and as a source of food. Rangifer is the only genus of the deer family in which both sexes are antlered. Most caribou inhabit arctic tundra and surrounding arboreal coniferous forests and most have seasonal shifts in migration. They are hunted extensively for their meat, skin, antlers, and other parts. (From Webster, 3d ed; Walker's Mammals of the World, 5th ed, p1397)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reindeer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reindeer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reindeer in a Sentence

  1. Paul Selva:

    I don't have a complete intelligence report, senator, but I understand that the reindeer have been in fact fed their quantity of oats and are prepared for the delivery of all of those gifts to those who have been nice and not naughty.

  2. Erin McCullough:

    In general, if there’s going to be an extravagant trait that’s used for fighting for mates, usually, it’s the males that have the extravagant trait, but biology is fun because there’s always exceptions — female reindeer have antlers, if they are arguing that these are male weapons that are used to gain access to females, it would have been a stronger story to me if they had evidence that the females don’t have weapons.

  3. Hamid Sardar-Afkhami:

    They want to go down and stay in warm cabins in the winter, maybe buy a car and drive, there's a big appeal to the modern life. The hardships of the traditional life as a reindeer herder certainly play a factor.

  4. Nils Mathis Sara:

    This mine is completely nuts, we would be losing summer pastures for our reindeer again.

  5. Karin Karlsen:

    The reindeer are annoying ... They eat all the flowers I plant.

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