Caribou meaning

kărə-bo͝o
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Any of several large North American reindeer.
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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.
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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.
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Any of several North American subspecies of the reindeer, Rangifer tarandus.
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Origin of caribou

  • From 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary