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Definition of cub

1a : a young carnivorous mammal (such as a bear, fox, or lion)
b : a young shark
2 : a young person
3 : apprentice especially : an inexperienced newspaper reporter

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Examples of cub in a Sentence

the kind of big story that can propel a cub reporter into the stratosphere of the newspaper world assigned to teach a bunch of young cubs how to play baseball
Recent Examples on the Web The female cub, which will turn two months old on Saturday, is the first offspring of her mother, Oyra, and father, Asa. Genevieve Redsten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo announces the birth of a female snow leopard cub," 11 July 2020 The cub, Foy told USA TODAY, inadvertently died due to complications from the tranquilizer; its mother was transported to the forest safely. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A black bear attacked a napping woman. She smacked it away with her laptop.," 20 June 2020 Sundukova, 41, said the heartwarming moment became all the more special because of how intimate the young cub and its mother appeared to be. Fox News, "Photographer captures incredible image of lion cub appearing to kiss its mother on her nose," 7 July 2020 On June 18, the 4-year-old gave birth to a roughly half-pound cub, according to a press release from the zoo. oregonlive, "You can’t go to the Oregon Zoo yet, but you can see this adorable tiny red panda cub," 1 July 2020 Clinton-Dix came upon the mother bear and her cub while riding his electric scooter down the driveway at his home in the Glades on Sylvan Lake neighborhood in Sanford, Florida. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Ha Ha Clinton-Dix says bears ‘scared the life out of me’," 26 June 2020 Two bears — a sow and her cub — were captured Tuesday night by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but neither of their DNA matched up with swabs taken of the woman's bite mark. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A black bear attacked a napping woman. She smacked it away with her laptop.," 20 June 2020 Another bear cub, whose feet were badly burned in another wildfire in 2018, also was taken to Frisco Creek and eventually released back into the wild. Fox News, "Bear rescued from Colorado wildfire; blaze near Durango grows to over 2,700 acres," 18 June 2020 Immediately, Namgyal found recent tracks, including a small one that might have been made by a cub. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of cub

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cub

probably akin to Middle English cobbe leader of a group, head — more at cob

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22 Jul 2020

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“Cub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cub

: a young animal that eats meat


\ ˈkəb How to pronounce cub (audio) \

Kids Definition of cub

1 : the young of various animals (as the bear, fox, or lion)

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