Bearskin



the skin or pelt of a bear.
a tall, black fur cap forming part of the dress uniform of a soldier in some armies.
Contemporary Examples

They stood at attention in their tartan kilts, white leggings and bearskin hats as a Marine band struck up “Hail to the Chief.”
Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK Michael Daly November 10, 2013

Historical Examples

Now either that is a warning not to hunt goats to-day, or it is a sign that the bearskin that we are sleeping on is bad medicine.
With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz

The fifth was so wrapped in his bearskin that he was not recognizable.
Peter the Priest Mr Jkai

A young and pretty girl was standing on the bearskin before the fire, looking at him with round-eyed innocence.
Five Tales John Galsworthy

She rose from her bearskin and spread it for him, when he finished eating.
Marianson Mary Hartwell Catherwood

It made a luxurious bed, and quite free from vermin; for a bedbug will never approach a bearskin.
In Search of a Siberian Klondike Homer B. Hulbert

“And it’s no use for thee to hide thy name, thou in the bearskin,” said he.
The Life and Death of Cormac the Skald Unknown

Dade, kneeling awkwardly in his heavy, bearskin chaparejos, picked at the bonds with the point of his knife.
The Gringos B. M. Bower

Fortunately, the bearskin was none the worse for its overhauling.
Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young

But in the meanwhile do not let us quarrel about the disposal of the bearskin.
Private letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 2 (of 2) Edward Gibbon

noun
the pelt of a bear, esp when used as a rug
a tall helmet of black fur worn by certain regiments in the British Army
a rough shaggy woollen cloth, used for overcoats
n.

from bear (n.) + skin (n.).

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