Definition of brown bear in US English:

brown bear


  • A large bear with a coat color ranging from cream to black, occurring chiefly in forests in Eurasia and North America.

    Ursus arctos, family Ursidae

    See also grizzly
    • ‘In Mongolia railroad lines prevent gazelle migration, while North American highways act as a barrier for brown bears, and hydroelectric dams in Canada stymie woodland caribou.’
    • ‘The researchers discovered shards of bone from mammoths, musk ox, brown bear, wolverine, rhinoceros, hares, bison, horses, reindeer, and cave lion.’
    • ‘North American brown bears prefer open areas interspersed with forests for sheltering cover while resting.’
    • ‘A fragment of a bear skull housed for several years in a Canadian museum may be rewriting the history of North America's brown bears.’
    • ‘Major predators of the otter include sharks, killer whales, coyotes, brown bears and even eagles.’
    • ‘Bradford archaeologists are also studying other remains from the site at Lynford, including bones from woolly rhino, brown bears, horses, foxes and hyenas.’
    • ‘Beavers, black bears, brown bears, harbor seals, moose, sea lions, sea otters, and wolves are among the local mammals.’
    • ‘Polar bears probably diverged from brown bear ancestors near the Arctic coast of Eurasia early in the Ice Age.’
    • ‘Camouflaged cameras blend in to their environment to capture unprecedented footage of wild pandas, and a new insight into the lives of brown bears and polar bears.’
    • ‘Comparing the ancient bear sequences with those of modern bears, the scientists showed that cave bears were more closely related to brown bears than to black bears.’
    • ‘Currently Alaska permits the baiting of black bears but not of brown bears.’
    • ‘Smaller than the more common North American brown bear, the black bear may soon be listed as threatened because of the loss of habitat.’
    • ‘But a visitor familiar with European wildlife might be puzzled by the similarity of these large mammals to their European counterparts - the brown bear, bison, red deer and European moose and wolf, respectively.’
    • ‘Although it evolved from land-dwelling brown bears only 300,000 years ago, the white bear is superbly adapted to life on the frozen sea.’
    • ‘Dancing and tumbling bears - brown bears - will have gone through a lengthy training: but polar bears are notoriously difficult to train, even when small.’
    • ‘The bear family consists of eight species, four of which are contained in the Ursus group: the brown bear, American black bear, Asiatic black bear and polar bear.’
    • ‘Go to Afognak Island, where the Kodiak brown bear, elk, deer, sea lions, seals, sea otters, porpoises, bald eagles and puffins await, as does fresh- and saltwater fishing.’
    • ‘In contrast, brown bears, reported in ranges as small as a half-kilometer square, pace only half as much as polar bears do.’
    • ‘Extinct for more than 10,000 years, cave bears were related to the ancestors of modern brown bears and polar bears.’
    • ‘The zoo is home to about 50 animals - brown bears, lions, cheetahs, a lone wolf, a badger - that survived the siege of Baghdad.’


brown bear

/broun be(ə)r/