noun, plural reindeer (occasionally) reindeers.
any of several large deer of the genus Rangifer, of northern and arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, both male and female of which have antlers.

1350–1400; Middle English raynder(e) < Old Norse hreindȳri, equivalent to hreinn reindeer + dȳr animal (cognate with deer) Unabridged
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reindeer (ˈreɪnˌdɪə)
n , pl -deer, -deers
a large deer, Rangifer tarandus, having large branched antlers in the male and female and inhabiting the arctic regions of Greenland, Europe, and Asia. It also occurs in North America, where it is known as a caribou
[C14: from Old Norse hreindӯri, from hreinn reindeer + dyr animal; related to Dutch rendier, German Rentier; see deer]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.N. hreindyri "reindeer," from dyr "animal" (see deer) + hreinn, the usual name for the animal, from P.Gmc. *khrainaz (cf. O.E. hran "reindeer," Ger. Renn). Probably cognate with Gk. krios "ram," but folk-etymology associates it with rennen "to run."
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Reindeer receded northward and eastward, and bison and horse followed.
But if we're not careful, his reindeer could soon be nothing more than a myth.
For the reindeer living there, it might be tempting to sleep away half the year
  and remain awake throughout the long summer days.
They also had the same prey animals available to them, such as reindeer and
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