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A bear.

[Middle English, name of the bear in History of Reynard the Fox, translated by William Caxton from Middle Dutch bruun, bruin, brown, name of the bear in the Middle Dutch version of the fable; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]


(European Myth & Legend) a name for a bear, used in children's tales, fables, etc
[C17: from Dutch bruin brown, the name of the bear in the epic Reynard the Fox]


(ˈbru ɪn)

a bear, esp. a European brown bear.
[1475–85; < Middle Dutch bruyn, bruun literally, the brown one]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bruin - a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'bruin - a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'
bear - massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
2.bruin - large ferocious bear of Eurasiabruin - large ferocious bear of Eurasia  
bear - massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
genus Ursus, Ursus - type genus of Ursidae: brown bears; in some classifications genus Ursus includes all bears
Syrian bear, Ursus arctos syriacus - yellowish-grey Syrian brown bear
grizzly, grizzly bear, silvertip, silver-tip, Ursus arctos horribilis, Ursus horribilis - powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America
Alaskan brown bear, Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Ursus middendorffi, Kodiak - brown bear of coastal Alaska and British Columbia


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Then the fellow in the tree came down to his comrade, and, laughing, said "What was it that Master Bruin whispered to you?
Also the Head Boolywag of his Majesty, known as Chick the Cherub, and their faithful friend Para Bruin, the rubber bear.
The next instant Bruin was at the foot of the tree; but, as this species of bear does not climb, he contented himself with turning the chase into a blockade.
Sir Luke de Ponynges, Sir Thomas West, Sir Maurice de Bruin, Sir Arthur Lipscombe, Sir Walter Ramsey, and stout Sir Oliver Buttesthorn were all marching south with levies from Andover, Arlesford, Odiham and Winchester, while from Sussex came Sir John Clinton, Sir Thomas Cheyne, and Sir John Fallislee, with a troop of picked men-at-arms, making for their port at Southampton.
If a bear crosses my path, he is soon the mere ghost of Bruin.
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