Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several large reindeer native to northern North America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several North American subspecies of the reindeer, Rangifer tarandus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species (Rangifer Caribou).

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America

Etymologies

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)
From Canadian French caribou, from Mi'kmaq qalipu ("snow-shoveller"), from qalipi ("to shovel snow"), from Proto-Algonquian. (Wiktionary)

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    this human form,
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    August 4, 2008

  • I always think of the Pixies first album when I see this word.

    December 14, 2006