reindeer moss

noun

Definition of reindeer moss 

: a gray, erect, tufted, and much-branched lichen (Cladonia rangiferina) that forms extensive patches in arctic and north-temperate regions, constitutes a large part of the food of caribou, and is sometimes eaten by humans

called also reindeer lichen

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The organic feel of the piece fits in perfectly at Noma, where chef René Redzepi pioneered foraging for underused local ingredients such as sea buckthorn and reindeer moss. James Clasper, New York Times, "Artist to Know: the Danish Sculptor Making Objects for Noma," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of reindeer moss

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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