grizzly bear

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noun

a large North American brown bear, Ursus (arctos) horribilis, with coarse, gray-tipped brown fur, once widespread in the western part of the continent as far south as northern Mexico but now restricted to some regions of Alaska, western Canada, and the U.S. Rocky Mountains: a threatened species except in Alaska.

Nearby words

Also grizzly.
Compare brown bear.

Origin of grizzly bear

First recorded in 1685–95
Also called silvertip.
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grizzly bear


noun

a variety of the brown bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, formerly widespread in W North America; its brown fur has cream or white hair tips on the back, giving a grizzled appearanceOften shortened to: grizzly
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