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grizzly

[ griz-lee ]
/ ˈgrɪz li /
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adjective, griz·zli·er, griz·zli·est.

somewhat gray; grayish.
having hair that is gray; gray-haired.

noun, plural griz·zlies.

a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.

RELATED WORDS

gray, leaden

Nearby words

grivation, grivet, grizzle, grizzled, grizzling, grizzly, grizzly bear, gro., groan, groaner, groaning

Origin of grizzly

First recorded in 1585–95; grizzle1 + -y1
Can be confusedgrisly gristly grizzled grizzly
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British Dictionary definitions for grizzly

grizzly

/ (ˈɡrɪzlɪ) /

adjective -zlier or -zliest

somewhat grey; grizzled

noun plural -zlies

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

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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