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brown bear

any of several medium-sized to large bears of the species Ursus arctos, inhabiting North America and Eurasia in dwindling populations, characterized by an upturned muzzle and a hump high on the back and ranging from light tan to near black; formerly considered three distinct species and often still referred to as such: U. horribilis, the grizzly bear; U. middendorffi, the Kodiac bear; and U. arctos, comprising European and Asian brown bears.
Origin of brown bear
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A brown bear of moderate size was waddling along toward them.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • "Why, they trespassed on your domain, for one thing," said the brown bear.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • "That's all you know about it," answered the little brown bear in a squeaky voice.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • But the brown bear is not at all fierce, like the grizzly bear.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • The grizzly bear is more like to the brown bear of Europe than to any other species of the genus.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • The brown bear is still hunted in some parts of the western states.

  • "I should think you would not be afraid of a brown bear when you have my Winchester," I urged.

    Adventures in Alaska Samuel Hall Young
  • Other enemies of the herbivorous fauna were the wolf and the brown bear.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • He fell in with a brown bear, however, and got a shot at it, but nothing more.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
British Dictionary definitions for brown bear

brown bear

a large ferocious brownish bear, Ursus arctos, inhabiting temperate forests of North America, Europe, and Asia See also grizzly bear, Kodiak bear
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