Reindeer meaning

rāndîr
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Any of a genus (Rangifer) of large deer, including the caribou, with branching antlers in both sexes, found in northern regions: it is domesticated as a beast of burden and as a source of milk, meat, and leather.
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An arctic and subarctic-dwelling deer of the species Rangifer tarandus, with a number of subspecies.
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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, and widely domesticated in Eurasia. Subspecies native to North America and Greenland are usually called caribou.
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Origin of reindeer

  • Middle English reindere Old Norse hreinn reindeer ker-1 in Indo-European roots Middle English der animal deer

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

  • From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri (“reindeer"), from hreinn + dýr (“animal").

    From Wiktionary