grizzly

A grizzly is a large North American species of bear also known as a silvertip bear. When you go camping and hiking in the western United States, park rangers might teach you what to do if you see a grizzly.

The grizzly bear's formal Latin name, Ursus arctos horribilis, came from confusion between grizzly and grisly, or "horrible." Grizzly bears are known for being solitary and having brown fur tipped in white or gray. The adjective grizzly probably arose from these "grizzled" or gray-colored hairs, since it describes appearing aged or old, especially because of graying hair.

Primary Meanings of grizzly

1.
n
powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America
2.
adj
showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
Full Definitions of grizzly
1

n powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America

Synonyms:
Ursus arctos horribilis, Ursus horribilis, grizzly bear, silver-tip, silvertip
Type of:
Ursus arctos, brown bear, bruin
large ferocious bear of Eurasia
2

adj showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

Synonyms:
gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, hoar, hoary, white-haired
old
(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

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