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
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n Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America

Synonyms:
Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, caribou
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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