- any of several large, North American deer of the genus Rangifer, related to the reindeer of the Old World.
Origin of caribou
Examples from the Web for caribou
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May 21, 2014
Caribou antlers protrude from the wood paneling on the walls with hollow gift-wrapped presents dangling from the dried bone.Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
I sent him some caribou jerky from Alaska to help keep up his strength on the Senate floor.Nostalgia Act: The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013
June 18, 2013
Caribou Island: A Novel The acclaimed author of the short-story collection Legends of a Suicide returns with his debut novel.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
January 4, 2011
A caribou had passed toward the larger lake that very morning.
Within three hours after we had first seen the caribou we were on our way again.
We crawled to our positions with the greatest care; but the caribou was alert.
They always abound where there are caribou, which form their main living.
We were with the fish again, and caribou and wolf tracks were seen.
- 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
- Canadian a mixed drink containing wine and grain alcohol
Word Origin and History for caribou
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.