What does grizzly mean?

Definitions for grizzly
ˈgrɪz ligriz·z·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grizzly, grizzly bear, silvertip, silver-tip, Ursus horribilis, Ursus arctos horribilisadjective

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

  2. grey, gray, grey-haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-hairedadjective

    showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

    "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"


  1. grizzlynoun

    A grizzly bear.

    Shotgun blast kills charging grizzly!

  2. grizzlyadjective

    Grey-haired, greyish.

  3. grizzlyadjective

    [Listed by Merriam-Webster Unabridged as a legitimate variant spelling.]

  4. Etymology: From grizzle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grizzlyadjective

    Somewhat gray.

    Etymology: from gris, gray, French.

    Living creatures generally do change their hair with age, turning to be gray and white; as is seen in men, though some earlier, some later; in horses that are dappled, and turn white; and in old squirrels, that turn grizzly. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.


  1. grizzly

    The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), also known as the North American brown bear or simply grizzly, is a population or subspecies of the brown bear inhabiting North America. In addition to the mainland grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis), other morphological forms of brown bear in North America are sometimes identified as grizzly bears. These include three living populations—the Kodiak bear (U. a. middendorffi), the Kamchatka bear (U. a. beringianus), and the peninsular grizzly (U. a. gyas)—as well as the extinct California grizzly (U. a. californicus†), Mexican grizzly (formerly U. a. nelsoni†), and Ungava-Labrador grizzly (formerly U. a. ungavaesis†). On average, grizzly bears near the coast tend to be larger while inland grizzlies tend to be smaller. The Ussuri brown bear (U. a. lasiotus), inhabiting Russia, Northern China, Japan, and Korea, is sometimes referred to as the "black grizzly", although it is no more closely related to North American brown bears than other subspecies of the brown bear around the world.


  1. grizzly

    A grizzly is a type of brown bear indigenous to the western part of North America. Known for their distinctive "grizzled" or silver-tipped hair, grizzlies are large, powerfully built carnivores. They have a prominent hump over their shoulders, a long snout, and long, sharp claws. They are known for their strength, speed and physical abilities. The term 'grizzly' is often used interchangeably with 'brown bear' but technically refers specifically to the subspecies Ursus arctos horribilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grizzlyadjective

    somewhat gray; grizzled

  2. Grizzlynoun

    a grizzly bear. See under Grizzly, a

  3. Grizzlyadjective

    in hydraulic mining, gratings used to catch and throw out large stones from the sluices


  1. Grizzly

    Grizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler. The film is about an 18-foot man-eating Grizzly bear that terrorizes a National Forest. It stars Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel. Widely considered a Jaws rip-off, Grizzly used many of the same plot devices as its shark predecessor, a huge box office success during the previous year 1975. In 1983, a sequel Grizzly II: The Predator was shot, but never released. The abortive project provided early roles for both Charlie Sheen and George Clooney. The giant grizzly bear in the film was portrayed by the mother of Bart the Bear.

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  1. Grizzly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grizzly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grizzly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of grizzly in a Sentence

  1. The National:

    Yellowstone regulations require visitors to stay 100 yards from black and grizzly bears at all times. The best defense is to stay a safe distance from bears and use binoculars, a telescope or telephoto lens to get a closer look.

  2. Andrea Zaccardi:

    The recent population estimate of more than 1,000 bears is based on a new counting methodology, and the public should be aware that the grizzly bear population did not explode overnight.

  3. Dan Ashe:

    Even with this proposed delisting, the service remains committed to the conservation of the Yellowstone grizzly bear, and will stay engaged to ensure that this incredible species remains recovered.

  4. Andrea Zaccardi:

    It's very disappointing to see them moving forward with this, it seems that Montana is taking a piecemeal approach to how they view grizzly bear recovery.

  5. Yellowstone National Park:

    As managers of Yellowstone National Park, we balance the preservation of park resources with public safety, our decision takes into account the facts of the case, the goals of the bear management program, and the long-term viability of the grizzly bear population as a whole, rather than an individual bear.

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