ursine

adjective
ur·​sine | \ˈər-ˌsīn \

Definition of ursine 

1 : of or relating to a bear or the bear family (Ursidae)

2 : suggesting or characteristic of a bear a lumbering ursine gait

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Its cuddly ursine protagonist (innocently voiced by Ben Whishaw) goes down like a warm cup of tea on a blustery day. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 Navigating a course that included over 18,000 feet of elevation gain, a dangerous river crossing, and an ursine surprise, Walmsley somehow managed to average 8 minutes and 40 seconds per mile… over 100 miles. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Ultrarunning Hall of Fame," 29 June 2018 In some ways, the bear was like her ursine brother. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Constantin, an amiable, ursine fellow just a month shy of his 50th birthday, sits in his football office. John Walters, Newsweek, "Canada's Laval University Shows How to Do Football Right," 26 Oct. 2014 The sculpture, installed in 2005, has become a trademark image of Denver, a nod to its ursine neighbors roaming its outlying parks suburbs. Amisha Padnani, New York Times, "Lawrence Argent, Sculptor Who Was Big on Whimsy, Dies at 60," 13 Oct. 2017 The area around Kaktovik hosts growing numbers of bears each summer, and, as the Arctic remains ice-free longer and even the winter ice thins, these ursine guests are lengthening their stay. Michael Engelhard, Smithsonian, "The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears," 27 Feb. 2017 One reason for this is their personal connection to one of their characters; Sterling is named after their childhood pet, a golden retriever who shared a lot of personality traits with his ursine namesake. Jim Macquarrie, WIRED, "Reed Gunther: Big Fun With a Bear-Riding Cowboy," 18 Apr. 2011 Michael Bond, 91, the British writer whose ursine creation, Paddington Bear, became one of the most beloved characters in the animal kingdom of children's literature, died Tuesday at his home in London. Philly.com, "Michael Bond | Paddington Bear's papa, 91," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of ursine

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ursine

Latin ursinus, from ursus bear — more at arctic

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