- 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
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.Journal of a Voyage from Okkak, on the Coast of Labrador, to Ungava Bay, Westward of Cape Chudleigh
Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch
A quantity of reindeer-moss was provided and stowed in a third ship, the Onkel Adam.
At the end of October winter began to set in severely, and the reindeer-moss was utilised by the imprisoned people as food.
- 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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