Meaning of caribou in English:

caribou

nouncaribou

  • A large North American reindeer.

    Genus Rangifer: several species, in particular the woodland caribou (R. caribou) and the barren ground caribou (R. tarandus)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cervids include deer and their allies, including familiar moose, elk, and caribou.’
    • ‘It seems like warmer temperatures should come as welcome relief to the caribou that roam the harsh lands of Alaska.’
    • ‘The antlers of the Peary caribou grow swiftly each year, and may double the height of an adult male before growth ends in the fall.’
    • ‘In May and early June the coastal plain serves as the principal calving ground for the Porcupine herd of caribou.’
    • ‘They have been known to kill animals as large as caribou and mountain goats.’
    • ‘The journey takes you to Denali, travelling deep into the natural habitat of bears, moose, caribou and wolves.’
    • ‘There are also caribou, wolves, walruses, polar bears and beluga whales.’
    • ‘The Finnish reindeer does not show the typical migratory behaviour seen in wild reindeer and caribou.’
    • ‘The caribou had returned and the wolves were now released from the famine.’
    • ‘When there is a loss of habitat, the woodland caribou becomes a prime target for wolves that gorge on their plentiful prey.’
    • ‘Mammals, like reindeer and caribou are known to travel many miles in search of food in the cold winter months.’
    • ‘The area over which the caribou were sampled would become important to avoid a geographic variation effect.’
    • ‘On the north side of the lake [Great Slave Lake] by McKinley Point the caribou are really skinny.’
    • ‘Records of where hunters harvested their caribou are crucial to account for geographic variation.’
    • ‘They had all gotten up before me and had already brought down a caribou.’
    • ‘In caribou, kidney mass is known to fluctuate through time as a function of reproductive status.’
    • ‘Most of the caribou fanned out in an easterly direction, but two individuals moved south.’

Origin

Early 17th century from Canadian French, from an earlier form of Micmac qalipu, literally ‘snow-shoveller’ (because the caribou scrapes away snow to feed on the vegetation underneath).

Pronunciation

caribou

/ˈkarɪbuː/