Definition of Kodiak bear in English:

Kodiak bear

Pronunciation /ˈkōdēak ˌber/ /ˈkoʊdiæk ˌbɛr/


  • 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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Kodiak bear, also known as the Alaskan Brown bear, can grow to be 10.5 feet long and can weigh up to 900 lbs.’
    • ‘The oldest known wild Kodiak bear was a 34-year-old sow.’


Late 19th century named after Kodiak Island, Alaska.


Kodiak bear

/ˈkōdēak ˌber/ /ˈkoʊdiæk ˌbɛr/