grizzly bear(redirected from Grizzley bears)
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A brown bear of northwest North America having a grizzled appearance from the silver tips on the guard hairs, and often considered a subspecies (Ursus arctos subsp. horribilis). Also called silvertip.
(Animals) a variety of the brown bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, formerly widespread in W North America; its brown fur has cream or white hair tips on the back, giving a grizzled appearance. Often shortened to: grizzly
a large North American brown bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, with coarse, gray-tipped fur: now restricted to interior Alaska, W Canada, and the N Rocky Mountains in the U.S.