polar bear


polar bear

noun

: a large white bear that lives near the North Pole

Full Definition of POLAR BEAR

:  a large creamy-white carnivorous bear (Ursus maritimus syn. Thalarctos maritimus) that inhabits arctic regions

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First Known Use of POLAR BEAR

1781

Rhymes with POLAR BEAR

polar bear

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus).—Francois Gohier/Ardea London

White semiaquatic bear (Ursus maritimus) found throughout Arctic regions, generally on drifting oceanic ice floes. A swift, wide-ranging traveler and a good swimmer, it stalks and captures its prey. It primarily eats seal but also fish, seaweed, grass, birds, and caribou. The male weighs 900–1,600 lbs (410–720 kg) and is about 5.3 ft (1.6 m) tall at the shoulder and 7–8 ft (2.2–2.5 m) long. It has a short tail. The hairy soles of its broad feet protect it from the cold and help it move across the ice. Though shy, it is dangerous when confronted.

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