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[broo-in] /ˈbru ɪn/
a bear, especially a European brown bear.
Origin of bruin
1475-85; < Middle Dutch bruyn, bruun literally, the brown one, name of the bear in the fable of Reynard the Fox Unabridged
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  • Nobody ever comes near our end of the wood, because they are afraid of bruin.

    The Joyous Story of Toto Laura E. Richards
  • It is not, however, when it has reached the condition of ivory that bruin cares for it.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • And then bruin was so angry with Reynard that he put an end at once to his partnership with him.

    East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
  • Straight and true went the bullet this time into bruin's heart.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • But when harvest came Reynard got the roots, while bruin got the turnip-tops.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • Then he went back to bruin, who asked him what name had been given to the child.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • And the peasant said: “The tops are yours, aren't they, bruin?”

  • So bruin put his tail down and waited and waited but no fish came.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • He sought a pathless thicket, / but yet it could not be, As bruin fondly hoped it, / that from the hunter he was free.

British Dictionary definitions for bruin


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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Word Origin and History for bruin

"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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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