Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Caribou

Hyponyms: barren ground caribou, rangifer arcticus, rangifer caribou, woodland caribou

Hypernyms: cervid, deer

Origin of the word Caribou

  1. c.1665, from Micmac (Algonquian) kaleboo, lit. "pawer, scratcher," from its kicking snow aside to feed on moss and grass. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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