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

  • n. The common North American bear (Euarctos or Ursus americanus) that lives in forests, is omnivorous, and has a glossy black or dark brown coat.
  • n. Any of several black or dark brown Asiatic bears, especially Selenarctos thibetanus, with a pointed snout, a black coat, and a white, V-shaped mark on the chest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An American black bear, Ursus americanus, indigenous to North America.
  • n. An Asiatic black bear, Ursus thibetanus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the common American bear (Ursus Americanus).

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

  • n. bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia
  • n. brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear


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