brown bear

noun

Definition of brown bear

: any of several chiefly brown bears that are usually considered a single species (Ursus arctos), that formerly inhabited western North America from Alaska to northern Mexico and much of Europe and Asia but are now much restricted in range, and that include the grizzly bear and Kodiak bear

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Recent Examples on the Web Biologists recognize Kadashan for its exceptional brown bear habitat and for being one of the highest producers of salmon in northern Southeast Alaska. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, "When Lessons Learned in the Wild Find Their Way into Regular Life," 31 Dec. 2020 An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing early Saturday evening in Yakutat, killing the animal and causing some damage to the plane. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Jetliner hits bear while landing in Southeast Alaska, state officials say," 16 Nov. 2020 One story had a photo of a compassionate-looking sow brown bear with her cubs of that year. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Alaska’s Bear Hunting Regulation Changes Aren’t as Sensational as They Sound," 22 June 2020 The Boeing 737-700 struck a brown bear sow, but its cub, thought to be roughly 2 years old, was uninjured, Dapcevich said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Jetliner hits bear while landing in Southeast Alaska, state officials say," 16 Nov. 2020 The Boeing 737-700 killed the brown bear sow, but a cub thought to be about 2 years old was uninjured, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesman Sam Dapcevich said. NBC News, "Jetliner hits brown bear while landing in Alaska," 16 Nov. 2020 Yakutat, Alaska — An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing early Saturday evening, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, officials said. CBS News, "Jetliner hits brown bear while landing in Alaska," 16 Nov. 2020 And then, a brown bear charged him — three times, Battle said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Report of aggressive brown bear prompts closure of wooded area near Anchorage’s Abbott Loop park," 25 Oct. 2020 Just last month, a brown bear snuck into the Anchorage Zoo and killed a longtime resident there: Caesar the alpaca. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Report of aggressive brown bear prompts closure of wooded area near Anchorage’s Abbott Loop park," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of brown bear

1757, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2021

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“Brown bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20bear. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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