noun \ˈrān-ˌdir\

: a large type of deer that lives in northern parts of the world

Full Definition of REINDEER

:  caribou —used especially for one of the Old World

Examples of REINDEER

  1. a large herd of reindeer

Origin of REINDEER

Middle English reindere, from Old Norse hreinn reindeer + Middle English deer animal, deer
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any species of Arctic deer in the genus Rangifer (family Cervidae), especially Old World species, some of which are domesticated. New World species are usually called caribou. The reindeer herded by the Sami (Lapps) are used as draft and pack animals and as a source of meat and milk; their skins are used for tents, boots, and other clothing. In Siberia they are used as pack animals and as mounts.


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