reindeer

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a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
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From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri (reindeer), from hreinn + dýr (animal).

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reindeer (plural reindeers or reindeer)

  1. An arctic and subarctic-dwelling deer of the species Rangifer tarandus, with a number of subspecies.
    • 2013 March 1, Nancy Langston, “Mining the Boreal North”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 98: 
      Reindeer are well suited to the taiga’s frigid winters. They can maintain a thermogradient between body core and the environment of up to 100 degrees, in part because of insulation provided by their fur, and in part because of counter-current vascular heat exchange systems in their legs and nasal passages.

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