grizzly bear

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of grizzly bear

:a very large brown bear (Ursus arctos) of northwestern North America
Note: The grizzly bear is the same species as the brown bear, but grizzly bear is typically used for the North American brown bear and not the European or Asian brown bear. In the U.S., grizzly bear is most often used for a brown bear of inland habitats (as in Montana and western Canada) that is typically smaller than coastal brown bears and usually has lighter-colored tips on the fur. The grizzly bear is often considered a subspecies (Ursus arctos horribilis) of the brown bear and, especially formerly, a separate species (Ursus horribilis).
called also grizzly

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First Known Use of grizzly bear

1791


GRIZZLY BEAR Defined for English Language Learners

grizzly bear

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Definition of grizzly bear for English Language Learners

  • : a very large and powerful bear of western North America


GRIZZLY BEAR Defined for Kids

grizzly bear

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Definition of grizzly bear for Students

:a large powerful brown bear of western North America


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