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grizzly

[griz-lee] /ˈgrɪz li/
adjective, grizzlier, grizzliest.
1.
somewhat gray; grayish.
noun, plural grizzlies.
4.
a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; grizzle1 + -y1
Can be confused
grisly, gristly, grizzled, grizzly.
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British Dictionary definitions for grizzlies

grizzly

/ˈɡrɪzlɪ/
adjective -zlier, -zliest
1.
somewhat grey; grizzled
noun (pl) -zlies
2.
Usage note
Grizzly is sometimes wrongly used where grisly is meant: a grisly (not grizzly) murder
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Word Origin and History for grizzlies

grizzly

adj.

1590s, from grizzle "gray" (see grizzled) + -y (2). Grizzly bear (ursus horribilis) is first recorded 1807 but belongs rather to grisly.

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