brown bear


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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Examples of brown bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later on, Momoa attempts to go mano-a-mano (or perhaps mano-a-urso) with a large brown bear. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "See on Apple TV+: Less Game of Thrones, more unintentionally funny SyFy," 29 Oct. 2019 Onlookers at a Russian circus were horrified Wednesday when a 660-pound brown bear viciously attacked its handler before turning its attention to the audience, prompting officials to launch a criminal investigation. Fox News, "Circus bear mauls Russian trainer in front of horrified onlookers; investigation launched," 26 Oct. 2019 Devoted fans can even watch the brown bears eat via Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week livestream . Melissa Locker, Time, "Holly Is This Year’s Beautiful Fat Bear Week Winner Who Swept the Whole Competition," 9 Oct. 2019 Today marks the official start of Fat Bear Week, basically October Madness for Alaska's salmon-chomping, chonky brown bears. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "It’s Fat Bear Week!," 2 Oct. 2019 Typically, black bears enter their dens in October, with most brown bears denning by November, Battle said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear killed after it raided chicken coop in Eagle River Valley," 13 Nov. 2019 Below, dozens of brown bears dug clams, ate sedge grass and loped across tidal flats, ready for chum salmon to arrive. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 Overhead, griffon vultures and golden eagles circle the Alpine peaks, where rare ibex and pudgy marmots scurry among brown bears and wolves. National Geographic, "Here are 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips," 13 Sep. 2019 Deer and bison will be preyed on by grey wolves and brown bears. The Economist, "An ancient beast returns to Transylvania," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of brown bear

1757, in the meaning defined above

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4 Dec 2019

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“Brown bear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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