Definition of ursine in English:



  • Relating to or resembling bears.

    • ‘After years of cruel deprivation they seemed to be very contented in a grouchy, ursine, way.’
    • ‘Schullery observes that Lewis's tone, his narrative structure, and, indeed, his misperceptions about ursine psychology helped shape the telling of bear stories for decades to come.’
    • ‘Still, as hikers, climbers, and canoeists fan out across the backcountry this spring - just as hungry black bears emerge from hibernation - they will do well to arm themselves with recent research on ursine behavior.’
    • ‘He discovered at that moment a bond between himself and his ursine brothers and decided to devote his life to protecting them.’
    • ‘Here are the association's tips for managing ursine visitors that may turn up in your yard.’
    • ‘First and foremost, it portrays a man in love with the animals and the wilderness, who has escaped a life of depression and alcohol addiction through his ursine obsession.’
    • ‘One dog, a yellow curly-tailed female named Weasel, actually lives in one of the outdoor bear enclosures and eats dog food and rice right among the ursine giants.’
    • ‘A seasonal ranger stationed at Lake, an area whose jurisdiction included the Fishing Bridge campground, explained that the campground's ursine visitors would be trapped and relocated three times and then were dispatched.’
    • ‘After black-bear attacks left two women dead last spring, one question lingers: Were the tragedies rare coincidences or signs of a terrifying new trend in ursine behavior?’
    • ‘For instance there has been a rise in ursine road fatalities, which is making quite a dent in the population.’
    • ‘Unlike their ursine cousins who will eat almost anything, Giant Pandas, as you probably know, basically eat one thing: bamboo stems and leaves.’
    • ‘The divergence relationship among ursine bears was not resolved with any of the molecular data sets with the exception of the affirmation of the close affinity of the brown bear and the polar bear.’
    • ‘So with bittersweet pride in our hearts, we watched our ursine companion quietly disappear into the woods.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin ursinus, from ursus bear.