Definition of Bear claw

1. Noun. Almond-flavored yeast-raised pastry shaped in an irregular semicircle resembling a bear's claw.

Exact synonyms: Bear Paw
Generic synonyms: Coffee Roll, Sweet Roll

2. Noun. An incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery.
Generic synonyms: Design, Figure, Pattern

3. Noun. Claw of a bear; often used in jewelry.
Generic synonyms: Claw

Definition of Bear claw

1. Noun. A large, sweet pastry filled with raisins and spices ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bear Claw

bear's-paw fern
bear's breech
bear's breeches
bear's ear
bear's foot
bear's garlic
bear's grape
bear a hand
bear away
bear cat
bear claw (current term)
bear claws
bear cub
bear cubs
bear down
bear down on
bear down upon
bear false witness
bear fruit
bear hug
bear hugs
bear in mind
bear in with
bear market

Literary usage of Bear claw

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus by Alonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall (1865)
"It is not wonderful that such signatures put Andros in mind of scratches of a bear's claw. A slip or two from the modern-rules of grammar, may have been ..."

2. The Pawnee: Mythology (Part I) by George Amos Dorsey (1906)
"Bear takes him to cedar tree, from which he takes down bear claw and hangs it about boy's neck. ... He takes down his bear claw and four colored feathers. ..."

3. Twenty Years Among Our Hostile Indians: Describing the Characteristics by James Lee Humfreville (1903)
"... Nails—bear claw Decoration on End of Buckskin Shirt-sleeves—Facial ... a Big Talk 31B Warrior with bear claw Necklace 383 Warrior with Government Medal ..."

4. Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson A. Miles by Nelson Appleton Miles, Marion Perry Maus (1896)
"Bear-claw necklaces hung about their necks and scalp locks adorned their spears. ... The eagle feathers, the porcupine work, the bear-claw necklaces and the ..."

5. Kitchi-Gami: Wanderings Round Lake Superior by Johann Georg Kohl (1860)
"... or bear's- claw snow-shoes, are made ; they are built after a more simple model ... bearing a fanciful resemblance to that of the bear's claw. ..."

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