caribou

noun
car·​i·​bou | \ ˈker-ə-ˌbü How to pronounce caribou (audio) , ˈka-rə- \
plural caribou or caribous

Definition of caribou

: a large gregarious deer (Rangifer tarandus) of Holarctic taiga and tundra that usually has palmate antlers in both sexes used especially for one of the New World

called also reindeer

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Examples of caribou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other caribou behind him kept moving, spilt into two streams on each side of us, and plunged into the river. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection of essays recalls wild adventures in a recent, but very different, Alaska," 11 Oct. 2020 But if a larger animal like a caribou is sick or injured, a wolverine might attack it, according to National Geographic. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "First Wolverine Family Makes a Home in Mount Rainier National Park in 100 Years," 26 Aug. 2020 Nearly 200,000 animals in the Porcupine caribou herd, which are also known as reindeer, travel freely between Alaska and Canada and use the coastal plain as calving grounds. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "2 lawsuits challenge Trump's drilling plan in Alaska refuge," 24 Aug. 2020 Canada has repeatedly warned about the potential for harm to the Porcupine caribou herd that forages and calves in the area. Dallas News, "Trump authorizes Arctic drilling rights sale by the end of 2020," 17 Aug. 2020 Canada has repeatedly warned about the potential for harm to the Porcupine caribou herd that forages and calves in the area. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Interior Dept. plans to sell drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic refuge," 17 Aug. 2020 Arctic exploration and production has long been opposed by environmentalists and indigenous peoples including the Gwich’in, who hunt the caribou that migrate through the reserve. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Is Trump Killing His Favorite Industry?," 18 Aug. 2020 The Interior Department’s decision approves oil leasing across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s entire 1.56-million-acre coastal plain — an area the size of Delaware that’s home to polar bears and caribou. Dallas News, "Trump authorizes Arctic drilling rights sale by the end of 2020," 17 Aug. 2020 The Interior Department’s decision approves oil leasing across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s entire 1.56-million-acre coastal plain – an area the size of Delaware that’s home to polar bears and caribou. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Interior Dept. plans to sell drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic refuge," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of caribou

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caribou

Canadian French, from Micmac γalipu

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The first known use of caribou was circa 1665

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25 Oct 2020

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“Caribou.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caribou. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of caribou

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

caribou

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car·​i·​bou | \ ˈker-ə-ˌbü How to pronounce caribou (audio) \

Kids Definition of caribou

: a large deer of northern and arctic regions that has antlers in both the male and female

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