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bearpaw

[bair-paw]
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noun Chiefly Canadian.
  1. a small, almost round snowshoe used on steep or rocky terrain.
  2. bear claw.
  3. a round horseshoe.
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Origin of bearpaw

First recorded in 1775–85; bear2 + paw1

bear's-paw

[bairz-paw]
noun
  1. a clam of the genus Hippopus, having a ridged, white shell with purplish-red spots.
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Historical Examples

  • The other bearpaw shoe illustrated is a style that originated in the Adirondack Mountains.

    Woodcraft

    E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps

  • Bearpaw sprang up with an air of excitement which an Indian seldom displays.

  • To its left, at Bearpaw Meadow, a hikers' camp is maintained during the summer season.

    Sequoia [California] National Park

    United States Department of the Interior

  • A 3-day all-expense trip to Bearpaw Meadow and surroundings can be arranged.

    Sequoia [California] National Park

    United States Department of the Interior

  • She knew where the wigwams of Bearpaw stood, and she ran for them as the bee flies when laden with honey to its home.