Definition of caribou in English:

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caribou

Pronunciation: /ˈkerəˌbo͞o/

noun (plural same or caribous)

North American
Image of caribou
A large North American reindeer.
  • Genus Rangifer: several species, in particular the woodland caribou (R. caribou) and the barren ground caribou (R. tarandus)
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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