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 Rich in public land and black bears, Idaho offers muzzleloader hunters a great opportunity to harvest a spring or fall bruin. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "5 Western Muzzleloader Hunts To Put On Your Calendar," 4 Jan. 2021 New Brunswick doesn’t produce many record book bears but Rogersville is a good place to look for a big bruin. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 Although many hunters don’t think of this state as a great bear hunting destination in the West, Utah has a thriving population of bruins. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 Seems as though a long-standing rafting tradition of displaying pumpkins on the river is trick or treat for bruins. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Reflecting on four decades of smiles at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show," 19 Jan. 2020 These days the show leaves the bruins in the Northwoods. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Like an oak, venerable Sports Show celebrates its 80th anniversary," 28 Feb. 2020 Shots are usually close, and the fact that many bruins are taken incidentally by deer hunters, with deer-hunting rifles should tell you something. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Black Bear Cartridges," 17 Sep. 2019 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

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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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22 Jan 2021

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“Bruin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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