ur·​sine ˈər-ˌsīn How to pronounce ursine (audio)
: of or relating to a bear or the bear family (Ursidae)
: suggesting or characteristic of a bear
a lumbering ursine gait

Examples of ursine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Searles set out to reteach the bears some boundaries using a combination of non-lethal methods — sometimes a gentle word, sometimes a sting to the hindquarters with rubber buckshot — that have netted ursine attention and respect. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Now, ursine primacy is on display on the cover of the official visitor guide for the archipelago: a photo of a mother bear, her feet planted in a muddy riverbank, water droplets clinging to her fur, fish blood smearing her nose. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2023 The great favourite of the last reign, Boris Berezovsky, a Jewish mathematician charmed the ursine, cantankerous, crapulous President Boris Yeltsin and vitally his influential daughter Tatiana, with his nervy worldly dynamic style, made billions from owning Sibneft and Aeroflot. Time, 24 Aug. 2023 Wildlife officials, hunting her ursine assailant, trapped and killed at least four bears. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 This short ursine tale began late Sunday afternoon, when police got a call about a black bear on Jutras Street, off Newport Avenue. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2023 Churchill, set on the western side of Canada’s Hudson Bay, is one of the few places in the world with a human population that routinely interacts with polar bears (the town has 1,050 year-round human inhabitants, and roughly 1,200 ursine visitors that arrive during peak season in the late summer). Heather Greenwood Davis, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2023 Maybe this ursine usurper does. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 The scene begins with a pair of bickering emergency medical techs (played by Scott Seis and Kahyun Kim) stumbling on a scene of ursine carnage inside the forest’s ranger station. Vulture, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin ursinus, from ursus bear — more at arctic

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ursine was circa 1550

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“Ursine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ursine. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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