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ursine

[ur-sahyn, -sin]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a bear or bears.
  2. bearlike.
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Origin of ursine

1540–50; < Latin ursīnus, equivalent to urs(us) bear + -īnus -ine1
Related formssub·ur·sine, adjective
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ursine

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a bear or bears
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Word Origin for ursine

C16: from Latin ursus a bear
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Word Origin and History for ursine

adj.

"pertaining to a bear," 1550s, from Latin ursinus "of or resembling a bear," from ursus "a bear," cognate with Greek arktos (see Arctic).

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ursine in Science

ursine

[ûrsīn′]
  1. Resembling or characteristic of bears.
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