from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large deer (Rangifer tarandus) of the Arctic and northern regions of Eurasia and North America, having branched antlers in both sexes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer with a number of subspecies. The North American subspecies are known as caribou.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deer of the genus Rangifer or Tarandus, having horns in both sexes, and inhabiting arctic and cold temperate regions; the Cervus tarandus, Rangifer tarandus, or Tarandus rangifer.
- n. In heraldry, a stag having two sets of antlers, the one pair bending downward, and the other standing erect.
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
Middle English reindere : Old Norse hreinn, reindeer, + Middle English der, animal; see deer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri ("reindeer"), from hreinn + dýr ("animal"). (Wiktionary)