spectacled bear


spectacled bear

noun

Definition of SPECTACLED BEAR

:  a black or dark brown bear (Tremarctos ornatus) of the Andes mountains with white markings encircling the eyes

First Known Use of SPECTACLED BEAR

1835

spectacled bear

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Only South American species of bear (Tremarctos ornatus, family Ursidae), found in mountain forests, especially in the Andes. It feeds mainly on shoots and fruit and is an agile climber. It stands about 2 ft (60 cm) at the shoulder, is 4–6 ft (1.2–1.8 m) long, and has a 3-in. (7-cm) tail. Its shaggy coat is dark brown to black. Whitish to yellowish marks form its “spectacles” and often extend down the neck to the chest.

Variants of SPECTACLED BEAR

spectacled bear or Andean bear

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