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.
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.
Origin of reindeer
Middle English reindere Old Norse hreinnreindeerker-1 in Indo-European roots Middle English deranimaldeer
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri (“reindeer"), from hreinn + dýr (“animal").
Reindeer Sentence Examples
Domesticated reindeer have also been introduced into Alaska.
The Russian Lapps are also for the most part fishers, as is natural in a district with such an extent of coast and such a number of lakes, not to mention the advantage which the fisher has over the reindeer keeper in connexion with the many fasts of the Greek Church.
Reindeer, followed by wolves, come also every year to the islands; the polar fox and polar bear, both feeding on the lemmings, are numerous.
With the exception of the reindeer, antlers are confined to the males.