- 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
Examples from the Web for reindeer moss
Historical Examples of 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