Bär

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German[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German bër m, Old High German bero m, from Proto-Germanic *berô, conventionally taken to be a taboo-avoidance term derived from the word for "brown". Compare Dutch beer, English bear, West Frisian bear, Danish bjørn.

Noun[edit]

Bär m ‎(genitive Bären, plural Bären)

  1. bear (animal)
  2. bear (male with bear-like characteristics)
Usage notes[edit]

Bär is a weak noun in the standard language, but is part of a group of nouns which have a stark tendency to be strong colloquially, so one will often hear dem Bär instead of dem Bären.

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Noun[edit]

Bär m ‎(genitive Bärs, plural Bären or Bäre)

  1. large block or hammer for machining things or pile-driving
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle High German bēr m, from Old High German bēr m, from Proto-Germanic *bairaz, whence also English boar. Despite the similarity in form and meaning, not related to Eber ‎(boar) (which see).

Noun[edit]

Bär m

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (obsolete) boar
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