bruin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch bruin (brown) via William Caxton's 1485 translation of a Dutch version of the legend of Reynard the Fox. Bruin is the bear, named for his brown color.

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Noun[edit]

bruin (plural bruins)

  1. A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, Ursus arctos.
    • 1989, Keith Bosley, translating Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala, XVII:
      The mother sought the one gone / astray, for the lost she longs: / she ran great swamps as a wolf / trod the wilds as a bruin / waters as an otter roamed […].

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bruin.

Adjective[edit]

bruin (attributive bruine, comparative bruiner, superlative bruinste)

  1. brown

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bruin (comparative bruiner, superlative bruinst)

  1. having a brown colour (as chocolate, for example)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of bruin
uninflected bruin
inflected bruine
comparative bruiner
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial bruin bruiner het bruinst
het bruinste
indefinite m./f. sing. bruine bruinere bruinste
n. sing. bruin bruiner bruinste
plural bruine bruinere bruinste
definite bruine bruinere bruinste
partitive bruins bruiners

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bruin n (uncountable)

  1. the color brown
    Het bruin van de stam contrasteerde fel met het groen van de bladeren - The brown color of the trunk contrasted sharply with the green color of the leafs.

bruin c (uncountable)

  1. (slang) heroin
    Mijn god, zit ie aan de bruin? - My god, is he on heroin?

Usage notes[edit]

The expression aan de bruin zijn is used for the addiction to heroin only, not for individual shots.

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