- 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
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Examples from the Web for black bear
If he could only have killed that Black-bear that had driven him from his woods!
But as he feasted on the pions one morning after a gale, a great Black-bear came marching down the hill.
We frequently meet with the brown bear in the Alps, but the black-bear very rarely.
The brown one is both fierce and carnivorous, but the black-bear is only wild, and constantly refuses to eat flesh.
- 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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