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
Origin and Etymology of caribou
Canadian French, from Micmac γalipu
First Known Use: circa 1665
CARIBOU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caribou for English Language Learners
: a large type of deer that lives in northern parts of the world
CARIBOU Defined for Kids
Definition of caribou for Students
: a large deer of northern and arctic regions that has antlers in both the male and female
Hint for caribou
The word caribou is used especially to refer to these animals when they live in North America. The word reindeer is usually used for these animals when they live in Europe and Asia.
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