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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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The room, likened to "a den" in "bear-country" (19), by dint of metaphoric impertinence achieves an ursine translation of its occupant.
Wolfer gave the ursine interloper good odds on survival.
In ursine terms, at almost eight months, he's approaching the truculent teens, with the teeth, claws, bulk and inborn temperament to make him very truculent indeed.
Up on her hind legs glaring at you with those bleary, ursine eyes.
42) At another point Melville ridicules the eccentric look, ursine aspect and Spartan sentiments of a Missouri bachelor--"sporting a shaggy spencer of the cloth called bear's-skin; a high-peaked cap of raccoon-skin, the long bushy tail switching over behind; the raw-hide leggings; grim stubble chin; and to end, a double-barreled gun in hand" ([1984b]: 953).
A right being unconditional (or else it would not be a right), the pursuit of happiness must therefore always end in success, rather as the bear-hunting of such leaders as Brezhnev and Ceausescu had always to end in ursine slaughter, thanks to the minions who drove tranquilized bears to be mown down at point-blank range by the leaders.
Moreover, Leicester was not only celebrated as ursine religious and political hero, he was also symbolically present in dramas of the late sixteenth century where his relationship to Elizabeth and his role as Protestant champion were the subject of the conflicts depicted.
Following the shock news of misdemeanours in the modelling world, newspapers this week are poised to break other startling revelations, including the discovery of ursine faecal traces in the woods, and video evidence that Jordan sleeps on her back.
99) revolves mainly around a burly Madrid dentist who has to leave behind his ursine pursuits when he suddenly finds himself raising his young nephew, but this sweet comedy takes a few carnal detours as the DDS finds action at the bathhouse and under the right bridge.
A life-size acrylic ursine from the California Bear Project sponsored by the city's Arts and Events Department has been placed in the amphitheater as the school raises money for its adoption and decoration.
His most memorable victory came in a stunt match involving a 165-pound black bear (not much more than a cub): Buford won a $50 prize for "defeating" his puzzled ursine opponent by hitting it with a football block and pinning its back to the mat.
1550) praising the ancestry of Lorenzo il Giovane we read: 'As the Laurel [Lorenzo] was justly created from Ursine stock, so he is also deservedly begotten from the Medici.