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black bear

a medium-sized North American bear, Ursus (Euarctos) americanus, relatively common in uninhabited mountainous areas, ranging from light brown to black with a straight brown muzzle: northern populations may be gray to near-white.
Origin of black bear
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The head is much smaller than that of the grizzly or black bear, and is ferret-like, with a decided downward curve to the nose.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • It was a black bear, doubtless the same one they had already disturbed.

    The Eyes of the Woods Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And at once they were turned into bears, the old man into a black bear, the boy into a brown bear.

    Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights J. William Lloyd
  • In these the black bear is the only forest-ranger of the family.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • With these cross words he was going away when he heard a loud roaring, and a black bear trotted out of the woods towards them.

  • Five days after we struck camp we caught a black bear in a deadfall.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • The cinnamon bear of the Sierras, like his blood brother, the New England black bear, is a good-natured fellow.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
  • He is even said to be a full match for either the panther or the black bear.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Once while two black bear cubs were fleeing before a forest fire they paused and true to their nature had a merry romp.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for black bear

black bear

American black bear, a bear, Euarctos (or Ursus) americanus, inhabiting forests of North America. It is smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
Asiatic black bear, a bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, of central and E Asia, whose coat is black with a pale V-shaped mark on the chest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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