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Kodiak bear

Line breaks: Ko¦diak bear
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊdɪak
 
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Definition of Kodiak bear in English:

noun

An animal of a large race of the North American brown bear or grizzly, found on islands to the south of Alaska.
  • Ursus arctos middendorffi, family Ursidae
Example sentences
  • For a Fox-TV special called Man vs. Beast, Kobayashi faced down a 1,089-pound Kodiak bear in a hot-dog-eating contest.
  • But even they were dwarfed by the formidable Pachyaena, a ground-dwelling cousin of the earliest whales, whose head reached the size of a Kodiak bear's.
  • When interior bears stand on their hind feet to get a better view of their surroundings, they may be 1.8-2.7 meters tall whereas Kodiak bears are 2.7-3.4 meters in height.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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