caribou


caribou

noun, plural car·i·bous, (especially collectively) car·i·bou.

  1. any of several large, North American deer of the genus Rangifer, related to the reindeer of the Old World.

noun plural -bou or -bous

  1. a large deer, Rangifer tarandus, of Arctic regions of North America, having large branched antlers in the male and female: also occurs in Europe and Asia, where it is called a reindeerAlso called (Canadian): tuktu

noun

  1. Canadian a mixed drink containing wine and grain alcohol
n.

also cariboo, 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.

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