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reindeer moss

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  1. any of several lichens of the genus Cladonia, especially the gray, many-branched C. rangiferina, of arctic and subarctic regions, eaten by reindeer and caribou.

Origin of reindeer moss

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for reindeer moss

Historical Examples

  • They feed on grass and reindeer-moss (Lichen rangiferinus), and are not eatable.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

  • Reindeer-moss has saved the life of many an Indian lost in these woods.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • The country is full of black looking rocks, between which reindeer-moss and berries grow in plenty.

  • A quantity of reindeer-moss was provided and stowed in a third ship, the Onkel Adam.

    Notable Voyagers

    W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

  • At the end of October winter began to set in severely, and the reindeer-moss was utilised by the imprisoned people as food.

    Notable Voyagers

    W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

British Dictionary definitions for reindeer moss

reindeer moss

  1. any of various lichens of the genus Cladonia, esp C. rangiferina, which occur in arctic and subarctic regions, providing food for reindeer
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