Definition of grizzly bear noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


grizzly bear

BrE BrE//ˌɡrɪzli ˈbeə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡrɪzli ˈber//
(also grizzly (pl. grizzlies))
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a large aggressive brown bear that lives in N America and parts of Russia Word Originmid 16th cent.: from grizzle ‘having mixed dark and white hairs’. This usage dates from the early 19th century.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grizzly bear