American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large deer (Rangifer tarandus) of the Arctic and northern regions of Eurasia and North America, having branched antlers in both sexes.
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. It has branched, recurved, round antlers, the crowns of which are more or less palmated; the antlers of the male are much larger than those of the female, and are remarkable for the size and asymmetry of the brow-antler. The body is of a thick and square form, and the legs are shorter in proportion than those of the red-deer. The size varies much according to climate: about 4 feet 6 inches may be given as the average height of a full-grown specimen. The reindeer is keen of sight and swift of foot being capable of maintaining a speed of 9 or 10 miles an hour for a long time, and can easily draw a weight of 200 pounds, besides the sledge to which it is usually attached when used as a beast of draft. Among the Laplanders the reindeer is a substitute for the horse, the cow, and the sheep, as it furnishes food, clothing, and the means of conveyance. The caribou of North America, if not absolutely identical with the reindeer, would seem to be at least a well-marked variety, usually called
R. caribou. The American barrenground reindeer has been described as a different species, R. grœnlandicus. See also cut under caribou.
- n. In heraldry, a stag having two sets of antlers, the one pair bending downward, and the other standing erect.
- n. zoology An Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer with a number of subspecies. The North American subspecies are known as caribou.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
- From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri ("reindeer"), from hreinn + dýr ("animal"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reindere : Old Norse hreinn, reindeer, + Middle English der, animal; see deer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A pair of boxer shorts bedecked with cartoon reindeer is code for "We don't have sex anymore and this represents my tacit acceptance of that fact.”
“Towards the satisfaction of these demands, the reindeer is a demonstrated success in Alaska.”
“I have bearded and bitten the frozen seas, and, aforetime of that, ere ever the ice-ages came to be, I have dripped my shoulders in reindeer gore, slain the mastodon and the sabre-tooth, scratched the record of my prowess on the walls of deep-buried caves -- ay, and suckled she-wolves side by side with my brother-cubs, the scars of whose fangs are now upon me.”
“Better than reindeer is moose (or ‘elk’ as they call it in Europe).”
“I did a post for the Internet Food Association revealing several facts about reindeer including the fact that (a) reindeer is a real animal, (b) reindeer is delicious, and (c) reindeer is called “Caribou” in North America.”
“The scene moves to Santa's stables where the "A-team" of reindeer is having its annual pre-flight party, which involves copious amounts of eggnog and a game of Poker.”
“It turns out that the only difference between caribou and reindeer is that caribou are outside the fence and reindeer are inside.”
““Yeah, but at least one other reindeer is denser.””
“There could be a considerable expansion in reindeer herding.”
“I have bearded and bitten the frozen seas, and, aforetime of that, ere ever the ice-ages came to be, I have dripped my shoulders in reindeer gore, slain the mastodon and the sabre-tooth, scratched the record of my prowess on the walls of deep-buried caves -- ay, and suckled she - wolves side by side with my brother-cubs, the scars of whose fangs are now upon me.”
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