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reindeer

A reindeer is a large, hoofed mammal with antlers. Contrary to popular Christmas folklore, reindeer can't really fly. Shhhhh.

The mythological reindeer that pull Santa Claus's sleigh first appeared in print during the nineteenth century in the United States. Real reindeer are found in Northern Europe, North America, and Siberia — although North American reindeer are more often called caribou. In Arctic and Subarctic areas, reindeer are regularly hunted and raised for their meat, milk, and hides. Reindeer comes from a Scandinavian root, similar to the Old Norse hreindyri.

Definitions of reindeer
  1. noun
    Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called 'reindeer' in Eurasia and 'caribou' in North America
    synonyms: Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, caribou
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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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