bru·​in | \ˈbrü-ən \

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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 The big bruin sat himself down, just like a person, at a picnic table, KTVA reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Bear visits human neighbors, plops down at their picnic table," 8 June 2018 The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on May 23 gave its unanimous approval to commence a controversial hunt of bruins this coming autumn. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018 The bruin smashed a window and left only smeared icing and a paw print behind. Fox News, "Black bear smashes baker's car window, eats 2 dozen cupcakes," 13 May 2018 Grizzly 399 is not only ancient in bruin years but considered a symbol for the challenges facing the survival of her species. Ryan Dorgan, National Geographic, "Famous Bear Cub Killed in Hit and Run in National Park," 20 June 2016

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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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