black bear


: the common North American bear (Ursus americanus) ranging in color from brown or typical black to white

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Examples of black bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the right angle, Duke does resemble a black bear. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 For most trail runners, bear spray is overkill in black bear country. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 5 Oct. 2023 The agency encourages residents and visitors in Pennsylvania’s bear country to keep all food sources secure in order to prevent encounters like Mike’s with habituated black bears. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 7 Sep. 2023 Rescuers moved Na the Asiatic black bear from her cage at a bear bile farm in Vietnam to a large, open habitat at a sanctuary For the first time in 20 years, Na the bear has choices. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 The criminal was a black bear estimated to weigh 300 to 400 pounds, WOFL-TV reported. CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 Surrounded by mountains and shaggy, dense boreal forest, the area is home to diverse wildlife including moose, caribou, and American black bears. Clem De Pressigny, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 Although many believe the polar bear is the only white bear in the world, the Kermode is also a shade of white, but more closely related to the black bear. Jonny Bierman, Travel + Leisure, 20 Oct. 2023 To his surprise, the camera captured footage of a large black bear busting some rather unexpected moves, according to Storyful. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black bear was in 1589

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“Black bear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

black bear

: the common usually black-furred bear found in North American forests

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