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Meaning of REINDEER

Pronunciation:  'reyn`deer

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called reindeer in Eurasia and caribou in North America

REINDEER is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: caribou, Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus
 See Also: barren ground caribou, cervid, deer, genus Rangifer, Rangifer, Rangifer arcticus, Rangifer caribou, woodland caribou



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rein"deer`\ (r?n"d?r), n. [Icel. hreinn reindeer + E.
deer. Icel. hreinn is of Lapp or Finnish origin; cf. Lappish
reino pasturage.] [Formerly written also {raindeer}, and
{ranedeer}.] (Zool.)
Any ruminant of the genus {Rangifer}, of the Deer family,
found in the colder parts of both the Eastern and Western
hemispheres, and having long irregularly branched antlers,
with the brow tines palmate.

Note: The common European species ({R. tarandus}) is
      domesticated in Lapland. The woodland reindeer or
      caribou ({R. caribou}) is found in Canada and Maine
      (see {Caribou}.) The Barren Ground reindeer or caribou
      ({R. Gr[oe]nlandicus}), of smaller size, is found on
      the shores of the Arctic Ocean, in both hemispheries.

{Reindeer moss} (Bot.), a gray branching lichen ({Cladonia
   rangiferina}) which forms extensive patches on the ground
   in arctic and even in north temperature regions. It is the
   principal food of the Lapland reindeer in winter.

{Reindeer period} (Geol.), a name sometimes given to a part
   of the Paleolithic era when the reindeer was common over
   Central Europe.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a reindeer in your dream means your loyalty toward your friends who may be going through a tough time.