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reindeer moss

any of several lichens of the genus Cladonia, especially the gray, many-branched C. rangiferina, of arctic and subarctic regions, eaten by reindeer and caribou.
Origin of reindeer moss
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They feed on grass and reindeer-moss (Lichen rangiferinus), and are not eatable.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • reindeer-moss has saved the life of many an Indian lost in these woods.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • The country is full of black looking rocks, between which reindeer-moss and berries grow in plenty.

  • A quantity of reindeer-moss was provided and stowed in a third ship, the Onkel Adam.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • At the end of October winter began to set in severely, and the reindeer-moss was utilised by the imprisoned people as food.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • And immediately afterwards we made a startling discovery: our stock of reindeer-moss was found to be somehow ridiculously small.

    The Purple Cloud M.P. Shiel
  • Rising grounds, which had partly been burnt, were covered with Spruce firs, and even with reindeer-moss (Lichen rangiferinus).

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for reindeer-moss

reindeer moss

any of various lichens of the genus Cladonia, esp C. rangiferina, which occur in arctic and subarctic regions, providing food for reindeer
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