black bear

noun

Definition of black bear

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

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First Known Use of black bear

1589


BLACK BEAR Defined for English Language Learners

black bear

noun

Definition of black bear for English Language Learners

  • : a North American bear that usually has black fur


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