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
- 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.