a large, brown bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) of W North America, having long front claws
Origin of grizzly beargrizzly + bear: influenced, influence by associated, association with grisly
A brown bear of northwest North America having a grizzled appearance from the silver tips on the guard hairs, and often considered a subspecies (Ursus arctos subsp. horribilis). Also called silvertip.
Ursus arctos subsp. horribilis
(plural grizzly bears)
- A large North American subspecies, Ursus arctos horribilis, of the brown bear.