reindeer

noun
rein·deer | \ ˈrān-ˌdir \

Definition of reindeer 

: caribou used especially for one of the Old World

Examples of reindeer in a Sentence

a large herd of reindeer

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Other notable examples: Finland: About 450 miles of barbed wire fencing prevent reindeer from wandering across the border into Russia. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "From 7 to 77: There's been an explosion in building border walls since World War II," 24 May 2018 The room opens onto several others overflowing with fascinating angling displays that run the technological gamut from a bone hook from around 10,000 B.C. in Netherlands, a hooks and line from 3,000 B.C., reindeer antler harpoons from France circa. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "German hunting, fishing museum spans history back to the stone age," 14 June 2018 The first Conifa World Cup was held in the northern Swedish city of Ostersund, in 2014 — not far from where Mr. Blind’s family, who belong to Sweden’s indigenous Sami minority, herd their ancestral reindeer. New York Times, "In Alternative World Cup for Would-be Nations, Karpatalya Beats North Cyprus," 9 June 2018 Since the end of the Ice Age, reindeer herds have grazed across northern Scandinavia happily unaware of the rise of the nation state. Author: Sveinung Sleire, Rafaela Lindeberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Reindeer ignoring borders have Norway locking antlers with Sweden," 30 June 2018 Still, there was a suitable amount of spectacle: a Frozen reindeer! Constance Grady, Vox, "At this year’s Tonys, winners included angels and Stephen Sondheim. Losers included baby goats.," 11 June 2018 Drive through the campground in the comfort of your car and view a mile of lights and holiday displays featuring elves, reindeer, and Santa. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas 2017: Holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area," 13 Nov. 2017 Background: 5 things to know about Oskar's, the latest restaurant from Grind Burger Modern metal light fixtures are cut in the shape of reindeer, the light thrown against in the wall taking the shape of antlers. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 The elaborate petting zoo includes a herd of tame fallow deer along with a menagerie that includes reindeer, wallabies, marmosets, coatimundis, mini horses, pygmy goats and more. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of reindeer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reindeer

Middle English reindere, from Old Norse hreinn reindeer + Middle English deer animal, deer

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reindeer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reindeer

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

reindeer

noun
rein·deer | \ ˈrān-ˌdir \
plural reindeer

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