cave bear


: a very large extinct bear (Ursus spelaeus) known especially from Pleistocene deposits in European caves

Examples of cave bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also concluded that hibernating cave bears and denning hyenas primarily used the cave, which had only periodic human presence. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Inspection of nearby animal teeth and bones revealed that these early humans existed amid a harsh, tundra landscape populated by reindeer, cave bears, horses and woolly rhinoceros in conditions comparable to modern Siberia or northern Scandinavia. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The dig revealed the presence of reindeer, cave bears, woolly rhinoceroses and horses. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 The team found reindeer, cave bear, wooly rhinoceros and horse bones, meaning the cold environment was like the steppe tundras found in modern Siberia and northern Scandinavia. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 There were traces of horses, cave bears, woolly rhinoceroses, and reindeer, which indicates that the area had a colder climate similar to the tundra of Siberia and northern Scandinavia today. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 31 Jan. 2024 The mark was made by a cave bear, an animal that went extinct 24,000 years ago, and its placement allows the team to determine that the motif predates the bear’s extinction. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 The team dated the drawings to the Paleolithic Period by examining weathering on the drawings and claw marks from a cave bear that later became extinct. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2023 Some species of bears, including the cave bear, were likely hunted to extinction; others live mainly in cages. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cave bear was in 1865

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“Cave bear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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