woolly bear


woolly bear


Definition of WOOLLY BEAR

:  any of various rather large very hairy moth caterpillars; especially :  one of a tiger moth

First Known Use of WOOLLY BEAR

circa 1841

woolly bear

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Caterpillar of a tiger moth. The larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Isia isabella), known as the banded woolly bear, is brown in the middle and black at both ends. The width of the black bands is purported to predict the severity of the coming winter: the narrower the bands, the milder the weather will be.

Variants of WOOLLY BEAR

woolly bear or wooly bear


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