pl. -·bous· or -·bou·
any of several large North American reindeer
Origin of caribouCanadian French ; from Algonquian
nounpl. caribou caribou or car·i·bous
A large deer (Rangifer tarandus) of the Arctic tundra and northern boreal forests, having large hooves and long branched antlers in both sexes. Subspecies native to Eurasia are usually called reindeer.
Origin of caribouFrom Mi'kmaq qalipu (partly via Canadian French caribou), from Proto-Algonquian *mekālixpowa : *mekāl-, to scrape + *-ixpo-, snow (because caribou use their hooves to dig through snow to reach the lichens on which they feed in winter).
(plural caribous or caribou)