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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Both animals were damaged by resultant hybridization, the reindeer becoming wilder and the caribou weaker.
▪ Ivan Dzhenkoul lost over two hundred reindeer.
▪ Neither reindeer nor caribou have benefited much, since for them lack of forage is the problem.
▪ Our hotel had an indoor pool, a nightclub and good food - notably, reindeer stew with cranberry sauce.
▪ The robber girl gave Gerda the reindeer, and off they went to Lapland.
▪ Thousands of starving reindeer, too weak to make the crossing, are being carried across in landing craft.
▪ We treated ourselves to a reindeer steak, then went for a last walk over the bridge towards the polar Cathedral.
▪ Yesterday I fed him the bony scraps from my reindeer stew and he is now mine for ever.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reindeer \Rein"deer`\ (r?n"d?r), n. [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E. deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish reino pasturage.] [Formerly written also raindeer, and ranedeer.] (Zool.) Any ruminant of the genus Rangifer, of the Deer family, found in the colder parts of both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and having long irregularly branched antlers, with the brow tines palmate.

Note: The common European species ( Rangifer tarandus) is domesticated in Lapland. The woodland reindeer or caribou ( Rangifer caribou) is found in Canada and Maine (see Caribou.) The Barren Ground reindeer or caribou ( Rangifer Gr[oe]nlandicus), of smaller size, is found on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, in both hemispheries.

Reindeer moss (Bot.), a gray branching lichen ( Cladonia rangiferina) which forms extensive patches on the ground in arctic and even in north temperature regions. It is the principal food of the Lapland reindeer in winter.

Reindeer period (Geol.), a name sometimes given to a part of the Paleolithic era when the reindeer was common over Central Europe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse hreindyri "reindeer," from dyr "animal" (see deer) + hreinn, by itself the usual name for the animal, from Proto-Germanic *khrinda- (cognates: Old English hran "reindeer;" German Renn "reindeer," which was altered by folk etymology influence of rennen "to run;" Swedish ren-ko "female reindeer," with ko "cow" (n.)).\n

\nProbably from PIE *krei-, from base *ker- (1) "horn, head," with derivatives referring to horned animals (both male and female reindeer have horns; those of the male are remarkable), and thus perhaps cognate with Greek krios "ram" (see kerato-). Older sources connect it to words in Lapp or Finnish. French renne, Spanish reno, Italian renna ultimately are from Germanic.


n. An arctic and subarctic-dwelling deer of the species ''Rangifer tarandus'', with a number of subspecies.


n. arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called reindeer in Eurasia and caribou in North America [syn: caribou, Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus]


The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, Subarctic, tundra, boreal and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. This includes both sedentary and migratory populations.

While overall widespread and numerous, some of its subspecies are rare and at least one has already become extinct.

Reindeer vary considerably in colour and size. In most populations, both sexes grow antlers annually, but females lack antlers in a few. Antlers are typically larger on males.

Hunting of wild reindeer and herding of semi- domesticated reindeer (for meat, hides, antlers, milk and transportation) are important to several Arctic and Subarctic peoples. In Lapland, reindeer pull pulks. Reindeer are well known due to Santa Claus' sleigh being pulled by flying reindeer in Christmas folklore.

Reindeer (disambiguation)

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) is a deer from Arctic and Subarctic North America and Eurasia; it may refer to:

Usage examples of "reindeer".

The size of small dogs with long, trailing tails, these fast, solitary runners, browsing on leaves and fallen fruit, were ancestors of the mighty artiodactyl family, which would one day include pigs, sheep, cattle, reindeer, antelope, giraffes, and camels.

Knucklebones grabbed his horsetail, jerked him to his knees like a balky reindeer.

Fancy restaurants put smoked reindeer tongue on the menu next to the tournedos Rossini and pretend that they have come to terms with the endless lakes and forests that are buried silent and deep out there under the snow and ice.

All I can hear are carols, the jingling of a thousand little bells, the Christmassy snapping of icicles, the clicking hooves of a band of flying reindeers, up in the sky, hidden by low cloud.

As the Reindeer approached Egmont Key, the Bellevite, followed by the Bronx towing a schooner, were discovered coming out of the bay.

Reindeer was about two miles south of Egmont Key when the Bellevite came out of the bay, and the latter stopped her screw as soon as she had reached a favorable position a mile from the island.

But it turned out to be much harder to hunt deer and boar in the forests than it had been to ambush reindeer crossing rivers on the open steppe.

A group of Lapp college-girls were waiting to greet us, dressed in full national costume: weird four-pronged hats, curly reindeer shoes, everything.

But then the glaciers receded, the reindeer migrated north, and the Magdalenians declined.

But that did not help matters, because the Nentsi regarded the map as a work of art, and one of them, quite a young fellow, drew a figure of a reindeer beside the map to show that he, too, could draw.

A reindeer had been slaughtered in our honour, and the Nentsi were eating it raw, holding the meat in their teeth with one hand and cutting slices off close to their lips with amazing dexterity.

The bearded poet, perspiring in furs and boots of reindeer skin, declaimed verses of his own composition about the wild life of the Alaskan mining camps.

The reindeer, that useful animal, from whom the savage of the North derives the best comforts of his dreary life, is of a constitution that supports, and even requires, the most intense cold.

The old Northern athletes or champions wore the skins of bears, wolves or reindeer, and went into battle with loud cries, wearing no armor.

Many striking illustrations of social life could be taken from the life of the reindeer, and especially of that large division of ruminants which might include the roebucks, the fallow deer, the antelopes, the gazelles, the ibex, and, in fact, the whole of the three numerous families of the Antelopides, the Caprides, and the Ovides.