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[bair-skin] /ˈbɛərˌskɪn/
the skin or pelt of a bear.
a tall, black fur cap forming part of the dress uniform of a soldier in some armies.
Origin of bearskin
1670-80; bear2 + skin Unabridged
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  • Now either that is a warning not to hunt goats to-day, or it is a sign that the bearskin that we are sleeping on is bad medicine.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • The fifth was so wrapped in his bearskin that he was not recognizable.

  • A young and pretty girl was standing on the bearskin before the fire, looking at him with round-eyed innocence.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • She rose from her bearskin and spread it for him, when he finished eating.

    Marianson Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It made a luxurious bed, and quite free from vermin; for a bedbug will never approach a bearskin.

  • "And it's no use for thee to hide thy name, thou in the bearskin," said he.

  • Dade, kneeling awkwardly in his heavy, bearskin chaparejos, picked at the bonds with the point of his knife.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • Fortunately, the bearskin was none the worse for its overhauling.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • But in the meanwhile do not let us quarrel about the disposal of the bearskin.

British Dictionary definitions for bearskin


the pelt of a bear, esp when used as a rug
a tall helmet of black fur worn by certain regiments in the British Army
a rough shaggy woollen cloth, used for overcoats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bearskin

from bear (n.) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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