American black bear

noun

: black bear sense 1
With a population of more than 450,000, the American black bear now outnumbers all other bears put together and is not threatened with extinction.Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 1 May 1990

Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American black bear was in 1800

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“American black bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20black%20bear. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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