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[bair-skin] /ˈbɛərˌskɪn/
the skin or pelt of a bear.
a tall, black fur cap forming part of the dress uniform of a soldier in some armies.
Origin of bearskin
First recorded in 1670-80; bear2 + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He wanted a bearskin, even if the fur was not just then in prime condition.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The garment itself was woven of camel's hair, and it was lined with bearskin.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • Philip had a soldier's cloak and a bench, and a bearskin too—but what was the good?

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • Get that bearskin off your horse and make me as comfortable as possible on it.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • He shook off his muklucks and flung the bearskin parkha into a corner.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • The child in his fear had fallen asleep on the bearskin in front of the bed.

  • The fifth was so wrapped in his bearskin that he was not recognizable.

  • She rose from her bearskin and spread it for him, when he finished eating.

    Marianson Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • "And it's no use for thee to hide thy name, thou in the bearskin," said he.

British Dictionary definitions for bearskin


the pelt of a bear, esp when used as a rug
a tall helmet of black fur worn by certain regiments in the British Army
a rough shaggy woollen cloth, used for overcoats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bearskin

from bear (n.) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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