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caribou (n.)

also cariboo, "American reindeer," 1660s, from Canadian French caribou, from Micmac (Algonquian) kaleboo or a related Algonquian name, literally "pawer, scratcher," from its kicking snow aside to feed on moss and grass.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of caribou from WordNet

caribou (n.)
Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America;
Synonyms: reindeer / Greenland caribou / Rangifer tarandus
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