Asiatic black bear


Definition of Asiatic black bear

: a bear (Ursus thibetanus) found in Asia that is usually black in color with a whitish, crescent or V-shaped mark on the chest The foundation is known for its success freeing Asiatic black bears from bile farms in China and Vietnam, where the animals are kept in tiny cages and their gall bladder juices—extracted through an implanted tube—are sold as traditional Chinese medicine.— Calum MacLeod, USA Today, 22 Nov. 2010

called also moon bear

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First Known Use of Asiatic black bear

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Asiatic black bear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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