American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several large reindeer native to northern North America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The American woodland reindeer, Rangifer caribou or R. tarandus, inhabiting northerly North America as far as the limit of trees, where it is replaced by the barren-ground reindeer, to which the name is also extended. It is a variety of the reindeer, and has never been domesticated, but is an object of chase for the sake of its flesh. Also spelled
carriboo. See cut on preceding page.
- n. No fewer than 10 species of caribou have been described from North America, some being restricted to a comparatively limited area. Such are Rangifer terranovæ of Newfoundland and R. dawsoni from the Queen Charlotte Islands. The most eastern species is R. grœnlandicus from Greenland, the westernmost R. granti from the end of the Alaska peninsula.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species (Rangifer Caribou).
- n. Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
- From Canadian French caribou, from Mi'kmaq qalipu ("snow-shoveller"), from qalipi ("to shovel snow"), from Proto-Algonquian. (Wiktionary)
- Micmac ĝalipu (influenced by Canadian French caribou, also from Micmac), from Proto-Algonquin *mekālixpowa : *mekāl-, to scrape + *-ixpo-, snow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A large, stuffed, slain caribou is thrown in for dramatic effect.”
“I think I'm going to finally go on a big hunt, and I think a caribou is the way to go.”
“You know what they call caribou at the North Pole?”
“By far the single biggest danger to boreal woodland caribou is unregulated and uncoordinated oil, gas and tar sand development in western Canada, including the Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and North-West territories.”
“The fact that nobody goes there but caribou is beside the point.”
“Years ago, a friend told me about watching a hunter in caribou camp sight in a rifle built by South Carolina accuracy maven Kenny Jarrett:”
“On the best game animals for eating: There’s a lot of variability in caribou, but a great piece of caribou backstrap is better than anything in the world.”
“That's bout a bad as him drinkin caribou (reindeer blood on last night show.”
“Endemic to British Columbia and the Yukon, Osborn’s caribou is a reddish brown animal with a whitish lateral stripe and neck, and long and thick-beamed antlers that have semi-palmate brow and bez tines.”
“Known as caribou in North America, the hunting season was delayed this year due to concerns over the stability of the George River herd.”
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