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bearpaw

[bair-paw] /ˈbɛərˌpɔ/
noun, Chiefly Canadian.
1.
a small, almost round snowshoe used on steep or rocky terrain.
2.
3.
a round horseshoe.
Origin of bearpaw
1775-1785
1775-85; bear2 + paw1

bear's-paw

[bairz-paw] /ˈbɛərzˌpɔ/
noun
1.
a clam of the genus Hippopus, having a ridged, white shell with purplish-red spots.
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  • To its left, at bearpaw Meadow, a hikers' camp is maintained during the summer season.

    Sequoia [California] National Park United States Department of the Interior
  • bearpaw sprang up with an air of excitement which an Indian seldom displays.

  • He was interrupted here by the sudden entrance of Hendrick and Paul themselves, accompanied by bearpaw and the sentries.

  • She knew where the wigwams of bearpaw stood, and she ran for them as the bee flies when laden with honey to its home.

  • The other bearpaw shoe illustrated is a style that originated in the Adirondack Mountains.

    Woodcraft E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
  • bearpaw now tells his warriors that they are fools—fools for telling their chief that he is wise!

  • A 3-day all-expense trip to bearpaw Meadow and surroundings can be arranged.

    Sequoia [California] National Park United States Department of the Interior

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