ursine [ur-sahyn, -sin] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to a bear or bears.
  2. bearlike.

Origin of ursine 1540–50; Latin ursīnus, equivalent to urs(us) bear + -īnus -ine1 Related formssub·ur·sine, adjective Examples from the Web for ursine Contemporary Examples of ursine

  • Such sightings are not uncommon in 32799, the most active ZIP Code in Florida for close encounters of the ursine kind.

    In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First

    Jacqui Goddard

    March 22, 2014

  • A look at the ursine baby trend—and where it falls among the list of the year’s oddest monikers.

    Kate Winslet’s Bear Rocknroll & Other Crazy Celebrity Baby Names of 2013

    Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry

    December 23, 2013

  • So we will never know what made this ursine man of mystery do the things he did.

    A Eulogy for Gus, Central Park’s Polar Bear Man of Mystery

    Malcolm Jones

    August 30, 2013

  • Historical Examples of ursine

  • It is the mycetes, or ursine howler—the largest monkey of South America.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Is not this an ursine man-of-genius, in some sort, as we once defined him?

    History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Volume IV. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • A reminiscence of his ursine antecedents appears in the last scene.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • Since the extirpation of the bear, the badger is the sole representative of the ursine family in our indigenous zoology.

    Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I

    Arnold Cooley

  • There was no ursine clumsiness in his movements, as he walked to and fro in the bar-room.

    Blue Goose

    Frank Lewis Nason

  • British Dictionary definitions for ursine ursine adjective

    1. of, relating to, or resembling a bear or bears

    Word Origin for ursine C16: from Latin ursus a bear Word Origin and History for ursine adj.

    “pertaining to a bear,” 1550s, from Latin ursinus “of or resembling a bear,” from ursus “a bear,” cognate with Greek arktos (see Arctic).

    ursine in Science ursine [ûr′sīn′]

    1. Resembling or characteristic of bears.

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