Kodiak bear


Ko·​di·​ak bear ˈkō-dē-ˌak- How to pronounce Kodiak bear (audio)
: a very large brown bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) of Kodiak and adjacent islands off the southern coast of Alaska that feeds largely on salmon, plants, and berries

Examples of Kodiak bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poke a koala or a Teddy bear, poke a grizzly or a Kodiak bear? Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2023 Businessman John Cox campaigned with a 1,000-pound Kodiak bear. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2022 Businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 election, has been touring the state with a Kodiak bear. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 The challenger has staged an unconventional campaign, employing a 1,000-pound Kodiak bear and an 8-foot-tall ball of trash to get his message out. NBC News, 18 Aug. 2021 This time around the multimillionaire businessman has displayed a showman's instincts, campaigning with both a Kodiak bear and a giant ball of trash. Michael R. Blood and Kathleen Ronayne, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 This time around, he may be best known as the candidate who has campaigned with a Kodiak bear in tow. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2021 Conservative Republican John Cox trotted out a Kodiak bear to a campaign event for his bid for California governor. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, 6 May 2021

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Word History


Kodiak Island, Alaska

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kodiak bear was in 1899

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“Kodiak bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kodiak%20bear. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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