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polar bear

noun

Simple Definition of polar bear

  • : a large white bear that lives near the North Pole

Full Definition of polar bear

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

Illustration of polar bear

1781

First Known Use of polar bear

1781

Rhymes with polar bear


POLAR BEAR Defined for Kids

polar bear

noun

Definition of polar bear

  1. :  a large creamy-white bear of arctic regions





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