bru·​in | \ ˈbrü-ən How to pronounce bruin (audio) \
plural bruins

Definition of bruin

: bear sense 1 Bears are the most popular animals in a number of our national parks. In the Smokies, where the population of bruins runs into the hundreds, opportunities to observe these large wild animals are plentiful during the summer.— Edward Spargo and Glenn R. Williston A disturbing and all-too-common sign of a feeding bear is an overturned garbage can… its contents scattered about as the bruin searched for something edible in the trash.— Charles Fergus

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Recent Examples on the Web Overall, 315 bruins were killed during this year’s hunts. Santa Fe: State officials are urging residents and visitors to spend some time outside on the first day of the year. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 But the bruins were reduced to a fraction of their historical numbers as white settlers colonized the West. Nick Mott, Outside Online, "Who Owns the Wild: Grizzlies or Humans?," 3 Oct. 2019 The bear aggressively pursued the Puggle, still on a leash, and the hiker kicked the bruin in its head, the news release said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Aggressive bear confronts man, his dogs, on Red Rock Canyon trail in Colorado Springs," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1975, when the bruin population was brought under emergency federal protection by the Fish and Wildlife Service, scientists say just 136 individuals persisted in Yellowstone and nearby wildlands. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018 Recent incidents include a black bear taking over the Juneau arboretum and another bruin that shut down a fish-cleaning facility. Fox News, "Alaska's human-bear conflicts are on the rise, experts say," 26 Sep. 2018 The animals use the Eagle River Valley as a kind of bruin superhighway, moving up and down the river all summer long. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Biologists say trash bears in Eagle River will be killed — but people are the problem," 19 June 2018 Hough recorded some of the lallygagging bruin enjoying the jets of the tub just like a human. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Creature comfort: Bear takes hot tub break, sips on margarita," 3 July 2018 The bruin had damaged the Subaru Outback so badly that the doors would not unlock. Fox News, "Deputy frees bear trapped inside car," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bruin

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bruin

Middle Dutch, name of the bear in Reynard the Fox

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10 Jan 2020

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“Bruin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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