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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  • And even though he was capable of ravaging its delicate contents like a black bear pawing open a camper’s food-filled ice chest, his touch was light, his thoughts a gentle breeze fluttering through new wheat.

    Etched in Bone

  • The bull-moose was a tragedian, the black bear cub was a clown, the lynx a villain, and the migrating birds a sweet, invisible chorus.

    The Shagganappi

  • The box held my Betsy McCall doll the only doll I had ever owned, her little handmade rocking chair, miniature Blue Willow china, a portfolio of drawings and a paperback book about drawing animals, a straw-stuffed black bear with a red collar, a cigar box of drawing pencils, a collection of pretty canceled stamps, foreign coins stolen from my cousin David Junior and a dozen cicada shells.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • IN THE YEAR after my encounter with the stalking black bear in the Grand Tetons, I selected three climbing projects that would come to occupy my entire recreational focus: I would climb all of the Colorado fourteeners; I would climb all of them solo in winter something that had never been done before; and I would ascend to the highest point in every state in the U.S. In late June 1997, I started my job at Intel, which seemed like a piece of cake compared to being hunted by a winter-thin bear.

    127 Hours

  • Once Kahlan saw a black bear off in the trees, ambling along, giving them only a passing look, and once a bobcat passed near their house, sending the horses off in a panic.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • "Everything okay?" asked Gary Pratt, prowling around the dining area like the black bear that he resembled.

    The Cat Who Went Underground


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