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bear

(bâr)
n.
a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
(1) A subculture in gay/bisexual male communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity that hinge around a hypermasculine identity
(2) A member of a subculture of gay/bisexual males who is hairy and often bearded. Some bears have embraced transgendered as well as non-gendered individuals

bear

see ursus, brunus edwardii and koala. Species of less legitimate lineage include Pooh, Paddington and Brideshead bears.
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Each item is literally frozen in time, having borne witness to the events that took place when the great ship sank.
The last thirty years have borne witness to the breakdown of old certainties as those previously denied representation emerged, through independence struggles all over Africa and black activist movements in the West, to question values and beliefs previously held to be universal, even transcendental.