Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

black bear

noun
  1. 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.
Show More

Origin of black bear

First recorded in 1735–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for black bear

Historical Examples of black bear

  • If he could only have killed that Black-bear that had driven him from his woods!

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • But as he feasted on the pions one morning after a gale, a great Black-bear came marching down the hill.

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • We frequently meet with the brown bear in the Alps, but the black-bear very rarely.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VI (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • The brown one is both fierce and carnivorous, but the black-bear is only wild, and constantly refuses to eat flesh.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VI (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon


British Dictionary definitions for black bear

black bear

noun
  1. American black bear a bear, Euarctos (or Ursus) americanus, inhabiting forests of North America. It is smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
  2. 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
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012