A large bruin.
An example of a bruin is the mascot of the Boston hockey team, the Blades.
- the bear in the medieval beast epic Reynard the Fox
- [alsob-] a name for any bear in fable and folklore
Origin of BruinDu, brown
Origin of bruinMiddle 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-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Dutch bruin (“brown”) via William Caxton's 1485 translation of a Dutch version of the legend of Reynard the Fox. Bruin is the bear, named for his brown color.