caribou

A caribou is a large animal with four legs, hooves, and big antlers. In Europe and Asia, a caribou is known as a reindeer.

In North America, caribou live in parts of Canada and Alaska, in both tundra and boreal forests. Many caribou migrate long distances, and all of them are herbivores, living to a great degree on a specific type of lichen. The word caribou is originally French Canadian, from the Micmac word kaleboo, "the one who paws," for the way caribou scratch the snow aside to find moss in the winter.

Definitions of caribou
  1. noun
    Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
    synonyms: Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, reindeer
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    types:
    Rangifer caribou, woodland caribou
    any of several large caribou living in coniferous forests of southern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
    Rangifer arcticus, barren ground caribou
    of tundra of northern Canada; in some classifications included in the species Rangifer tarandus
    type of:
    cervid, deer
    distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
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