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grizzly bear

a large North American brown bear, Ursus (arctos) horribilis, with coarse, gray-tipped brown fur, once widespread in the western part of the continent as far south as northern Mexico but now restricted to some regions of Alaska, western Canada, and the U.S. Rocky Mountains: a threatened species except in Alaska.
Also, grizzly.
Also called silvertip.
Compare brown bear.
Origin of grizzly bear
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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grizzly bear

a variety of the brown bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, formerly widespread in W North America; its brown fur has cream or white hair tips on the back, giving a grizzled appearance Often shortened to grizzly
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