Definition of caribou in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪbuː

noun (plural same)

  • North American term for reindeer.
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    • Large artiodactyls such as the caribou inhabit subarctic forests.
    • In such a vast park there are only a few hundreds of wild animals which include the jackal, the fox, the dall sheep, the caribou and the moose.
    • Scientists say the decline of the Porcupine caribou herd in Alaska and the Yukon may be linked to global warming.


mid 17th century: from Canadian French, from Micmac γalipu, literally 'snow-shoveller' (because the caribou scrapes away snow to feed on the vegetation underneath).

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