Bear garden

Bear garden
Bear Bear (b[^a]r), n. [OE. bere, AS. bera; akin to D. beer, OHG. bero, pero, G. b["a]r, Icel. & Sw. bj["o]rn, and possibly to L. fera wild beast, Gr. fh`r beast, Skr. bhalla bear.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of the genus {Ursus}, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade {Carnivora}, but they live largely on fruit and insects. [1913 Webster]

Note: The European brown bear ({Ursus arctos}), the white polar bear ({Ursus maritimus}), the grizzly bear ({Ursus horribilis}), the American black bear, and its variety the cinnamon bear ({Ursus Americanus}), the Syrian bear ({Ursus Syriacus}), and the sloth bear, are among the notable species. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the {Great Bear} and the {Lesser Bear}, or {Ursa Major} and {Ursa Minor}. [1913 Webster]

4. Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person. [1913 Webster]

5. (Stock Exchange) A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market. [1913 Webster]

Note: The bears and bulls of the Stock Exchange, whose interest it is, the one to depress, and the other to raise, stocks, are said to be so called in allusion to the bear's habit of pulling down, and the bull's of tossing up. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mach.) A portable punching machine. [1913 Webster]

7. (Naut.) A block covered with coarse matting; -- used to scour the deck. [1913 Webster]

{Australian bear}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Koala}.

{Bear baiting}, the sport of baiting bears with dogs.

{Bear caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), the hairy larva of a moth, esp. of the genus {Euprepia}.

{Bear garden}. (a) A place where bears are kept for diversion or fighting. (b) Any place where riotous conduct is common or permitted. --M. Arnold.

{Bear leader}, one who leads about a performing bear for money; hence, a facetious term for one who takes charge of a young man on his travels. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bear garden — Garden Gar den (g[aum]r d n; 277), n. [OE. gardin, OF. gardin, jardin, F. jardin, of German origin; cf. OHG. garto, G. garten; akin to AS. geard. See {Yard} an inclosure.] 1. A piece of ground appropriated to the cultivation of herbs, fruits,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bear garden — n. 1. a place for bearbaiting or similar pastimes 2. any rough, noisy, rowdy place …   English World dictionary

  • bear garden — noun 1. : an establishment for bearbaiting or similar practices or entertainment 2. : a scene or procedure marked by unruly rowdy disturbance : hurly burly * * * 1. a place for keeping or exhibiting bears, esp. (formerly) for bearbaiting. 2. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bear garden — (also bear pit) noun a scene of uproar and confusion. Origin C16, denoting a place set apart for bear baiting …   English new terms dictionary

  • bear garden — /ˈbɛə gadn/ (say bair gahdn) noun 1. (formerly) a place for keeping or exhibiting bears, especially as used for bear baiting. 2. any place of tumult …   Australian English dictionary

  • bear garden — 1. a place for keeping or exhibiting bears, esp. (formerly) for bearbaiting. 2. a place or scene of tumult. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • bear garden — n. scene of commotion and confusion; rowdy and disorderly place; place where bears are kept for distraction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bear-garden —  Scene of confusion and noise …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Bear Garden Mountain — Infobox Mountain Name = Bear Garden Mountain Photo = Caption = Elevation = 1,566 feet (477 metres) Location = Virginia and West Virginia, USA Range = Ridge and Valley Appalachians Prominence = Coordinates =… …   Wikipedia

  • Bear-baiting — is a blood sport involving the baiting of bears.Bear baiting in EnglandBear baiting was popular in England until the nineteenth century. From the sixteenth century, many herds of bears were maintained for baiting. In its best known form, arenas… …   Wikipedia

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