Caribou vs. Deer

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Main Difference

The main difference between Caribou and Deer is that the Caribou is a species of deer and Deer is a family of mammals.

  • Caribou (noun)

    Any of several North American subspecies of the reindeer, Rangifer tarandus.

  • Deer (noun)

    A ruminant mammal with hooves of the family Cervidae, or one of several similar animals from related families of the order Artiodactyla.

  • Deer (noun)

    One of the smaller animals of this family, distinguished from a moose or elk.

    "I wrecked my car after a deer ran across the road."

  • Deer (noun)

    The meat of such an animal; venison.

    "Oh, I've never had deer before."

  • Deer (noun)

    An animal, especially a quadrupedal mammal, as opposed to a bird, fish, etc.

  • Caribou (noun)

    The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species (Rangifer Caribou).

  • Deer

    Any animal; especially, a wild animal.

  • Deer

    A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species, and of related genera of the family Cervidæ. The males, and in some species the females, have solid antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually. Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison.

Webster Dictionary
  • Caribou (noun)

    arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called reindeer in Eurasia and caribou in North America

  • Deer (noun)

    distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers

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