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black bear

a medium-sized North American bear, Ursus (Euarctos) americanus, relatively common in uninhabited mountainous areas, ranging from light brown to black with a straight brown muzzle: northern populations may be gray to near-white.
Origin of black bear
First recorded in 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then the black bear decided to be afraid, and lumbered back into the bushes.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • At length when they reached the foot of a hill, black bear came.

  • We're going 'way up into Montana after black bear and silver-tips.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • It was a black bear, doubtless the same one they had already disturbed.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Almost all the good stories you may hear about bears are about the black bear.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • There is another kind of black bear that is also funny, though in another way.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • This black bear is to be found in our own northern forests, is it not?

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • Whether this black bear is a distinct species was not a question with them.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • Moreover, he dwells in a country in which the black bear could not make his home.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for black bear

black bear

American black bear, a bear, Euarctos (or Ursus) americanus, inhabiting forests of North America. It is smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
Asiatic black bear, a bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, of central and E Asia, whose coat is black with a pale V-shaped mark on the chest
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