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bruin \bru"in\, n. [D. bruin brown. In the epic poem of ``Reynard the Fox'' the bear is so called from his color. See Brown, a.] A bear; -- so called in popular tales and fables.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"bear," late 15c., from Middle Dutch Bruin, name of the bear in "Reynard the Fox" fables; literally "brown;" cognate with Old English brun (see brown (adj.)).


n. A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, ''Ursus arctos''.

  1. n. a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'

  2. large ferocious bear of Eurasia [syn: brown bear, Ursus arctos]

Bruin, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 534
Housing Units (2000): 228
Land area (2000): 1.729403 sq. miles (4.479132 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.729403 sq. miles (4.479132 sq. km)
FIPS code: 09528
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 41.057142 N, 79.730051 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 16022
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Bruin, PA

Bruin, Dutch for "brown", is used in English as a folk term for brown bears. Bruin, Bruins or BRUIN may refer to the following:

Bruin (surname)

Bruin and Bruins are Dutch surnames that can be equivalent to Brown or be patronymic (Bruin/Bruijn was a form of Bruno).[]

Notable people with the surname include:

  • Jan Bruin (born 1969), Dutch footballer
  • Joseph Bruin (1809-1882), American slave trader
  • Will Bruin (born 1989), American soccer player
  • Bruno Bruins (born 1963), Dutch politician
  • Derk-Elsko Bruins (1923–86), Dutch-German decorated member of the Waffen SS
  • Eppo Bruins (born 1969), Dutch politician
  • Hanke Bruins Slot (born 1977), Dutch politician
  • Jan Bruins (1940–97), Dutch motorcycle road racer
  • Luigi Bruins (born 1987), Dutch footballer
  • Mary Bruins Allison (born 1903), American doctor and missionary
  • Récardo Bruins Choi (born 1985), Dutch-Korean racecar driver
  • Regina Bruins (born 1986), Dutch racing cyclist
  • Theo Bruins (1929–93), Dutch pianist and composer

Usage examples of "bruin".

And because he was Bruin Bear, that most trustworthy of animals, the rebels looked at each other, nodded more or less in unison, and followed the Bear up the grassy slope away from the wrecked Welcome Station.

The humans slowly lowered their swords and looked about them as Bruin Bear and the Sea Goat applauded wildly.

Flynn came to add their swords, and Poogie and Bruin Bear left their fire fighting and came to help with savage claws and vicious jaws.

This had festered the flesh, and bruin, bound with stout ropes, had been brought out of his cage on a wheeled litter, and laid on the grass for careful treatment.

Andy believed that bruin would soon find and harbor himself in some cozy nook.

And on the second trip he found that mother bruin was standing up, her head wedged against the opening of the cave.

In ten seconds, blood stood out on a dozen little scratches on Tommy before he had young Master Bruin secured with a firm grip behind the ears, as a cat may be held.

He was placed on the ground, and he crawled toward Mother Bruin as though he felt that he had been playing the errant against orders and must be punished for his transgressions.

In five minutes Jerry was every whit as familiar as Jack, while mother bruin contented herself with crowding her head out the opening and observing each move.

In the second place, and primarily, the appetite of bruin had grown beyond all measure.

But a little doglike whine of eagerness from bruin made him continue with the feeding, and from that time on every morsel she had was taken neatly from his hand.

And if he were not weary, he was in the thick of his work or resting momentarily from it or sitting soberly beside the scarred head of mother bruin or romping wildly with the cubs.

They returned always to take a severe cuffing and scolding from bruin, but what little bear can remember a beating from one day to the next?

Some of those fragments landed with cruel force on the, head and body of bruin, but she refused to move back.

And, though mother bruin reared up and stretched as high as possible toward the fascinating fragrance, she soon abandoned the hopeless effort and went around examining whatever she could find.