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bruin

[broo-in] /ˈbru ɪn/
noun
1.
a bear, especially a European brown bear.
Origin of bruin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle Dutch bruyn, bruun literally, the brown one, name of the bear in the fable of Reynard the Fox
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bruin

/ˈbruːɪn/
noun
1.
a name for a bear, used in children's tales, fables, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch bruin brown, the name of the bear in the epic Reynard the Fox
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n.

"bear," late 15c., from Middle Dutch Bruin, name of the bear in "Reynard the Fox" fables; literally "brown;" cognate with Old English brun (see brown (adj.)).

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