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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- the common North American bear (Ursus americanus) that lives in forests and feeds mainly on roots and berries
- any of several dark-colored bears, esp. of Asia
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The common North American bear (Euarctos or Ursus americanus) that lives in forests, is omnivorous, and has a glossy black or dark brown coat.
- 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.