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Definition of reindeer
noun (plural same or reindeers)
- a deer of the tundra and subarctic regions of Eurasia and North America, both sexes of which have large branching antlers. Most Eurasian reindeer are domesticated and used for drawing sledges and as a source of milk, flesh, and hide. Called caribou in North America.
- Rangifer tarandus, family Cervidae
late Middle English: from Old Norse hreindýri, from hreinn 'reindeer' + dýr 'deer'