Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

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. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for reindeer-moss
Historical Examples
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for reindeer moss

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for reindeer

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for reindeer-moss