from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something, such as a rug, made from the skin of a bear.
  • n. A tall military hat made of black fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The pelt of a bear, especially when used as a rug.
  • n. A tall ceremonial hat worn by members of some British regiments for ceremonial occasions; a busby.
  • n. A coarse, shaggy, woollen cloth for overcoats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The skin of a bear.
  • n. A coarse, shaggy, woolen cloth for overcoats.
  • n. A cap made of bearskin, esp. one worn by soldiers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The skin of a bear.
  • n. A coarse shaggy woolen cloth for overcoats.
  • n. A tall cap made of black fur forming part of the uniform of some military bodies, as of the Guards in the British army and of soldiers of various organizations elsewhere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall hat; worn by some British soldiers on ceremonial occasions
  • n. the pelt of a bear (sometimes used as a rug)


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  • Wrapping myself in my shaggy jacket of the cloth called bearskin, I fought my way against the stubborn storm.

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  • I wince when I recall the bearskin she draped over the sofa in her gubernatorial office.

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  • a sufficient amount of rope the last bearskin was cut up into strips, as it was necessary to have nearly a hundred feet, and the bearskin was a much-needed addition to the small quantity of ramie cord which they had on hand.

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  • A bearskin-coated policeman stepped prominently to the fore, watch in hand.


  • He quit a phrase midmost to listen to the something new he heard in her voice, then slid noiselessly across the room to join Leo at full length on the bearskin.


  • At first I thought he was a wild animal, because he wore around his waist and over his shoulders a ragged piece of bearskin.


  • This fortune fell to Parker, who parted his hair in the middle, put on his mittens and bearskin cap, and stepped over to Malemute


  • A groan went up at this, but the man with the bearskin coat approved.


  • He was without scales, but the man with the bearskin coat fetched a pair and obligingly weighed in the dust while


  • Old Long-Beard paused in his narrative, licked his greasy fingers, and wiped them on his naked sides where his one piece of ragged bearskin failed to cover him.



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  • "The Ministry of Defence has met an animal rights group to discuss alternatives to the bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has approached Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney to design a new shape for the 18ins hat.

    The charity has previously called for fake fur to be used, but said the MoD was not happy with prototype designs. The MoD said it was 'actively looking for alternatives' to using bearskin."

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