What does the word grizzly mean?

Usage examples for grizzly

  1. When out shooting I saw the fresh foot- prints of a grizzly bear, and did not know how far the gentleman might have been from me at that moment. – Canadian Eclipse Party 1869 by Commander E. D. Ashe
  2. In most of its varieties the wolf of North America seems to be inferior in strength and courage to that of northern Europe and Asia; but the direct reverse is true with the grizzly bear, which is merely a somewhat larger and fiercer variety of the common European brown bear. – Camping & Tramping with Roosevelt by John Burroughs