bear dog

noun

Definition of bear dog

: any of several massive carnivorous extinct mammals of Amphicyon and related genera (family Canidae) that suggest but were probably not ancestral to the bears

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“Bear dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bear%20dog. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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