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Definition of caribou noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

caribou

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkærɪbuː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærɪbuː//
 
(pl. caribou)
 
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a N American reindeer Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Canadian French, from Micmac (an Algonquian language) γalipu, literally ‘snow-shoveller’ (because the caribou scrapes away snow to feed on the vegetation underneath).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: caribou