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grizzly

[griz-lee]
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adjective, griz·zli·er, griz·zli·est.
  1. somewhat gray; grayish.
  2. having hair that is gray; gray-haired.
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noun, plural griz·zlies.
  1. grizzly bear.
  2. a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.
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Origin of grizzly

First recorded in 1585–95; grizzle1 + -y1
Can be confusedgrisly gristly grizzled grizzly
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  • The Grizzly was surprised; but he replied with a left-hander that knocked her over like a sack of hay.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • But of all these numerous occasions the most ignominious was shortly after the affair with the Grizzly.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • Why the Grizzly did not break her in two I could not understand.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • It is the position of the grizzly, hopeless for the weaker man.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • He struggled frantically, but felt like a puppy-dog in the paws of a grizzly.


British Dictionary definitions for grizzly

grizzly

adjective -zlier or -zliest
  1. somewhat grey; grizzled
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noun plural -zlies
  1. See grizzly bear
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usage

Grizzly is sometimes wrongly used where grisly is meant: a grisly (not grizzly) murder
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Word Origin and History for grizzly

adj.

1590s, from grizzle "gray" (see grizzled) + -y (2). Grizzly bear (ursus horribilis) is first recorded 1807 but belongs rather to grisly.

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