polar bear


Definition of polar bear

: a large creamy-white carnivorous bear (Ursus maritimus synonym Thalarctos maritimus) that inhabits arctic regions

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Examples of polar bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The collection once included a polar bear that was allowed to swim in the Thames River on a long chain. Michael J. Renner, The Conversation, 23 May 2022 It’s certainly not the first time a tourist on Svalbard has been attacked by a polar bear. The Editors, Outside Online, 24 Mar. 2015 For no animal is the threat of extinction more publicly tied to the perils of climate change than for the polar bear. Fortune, 16 June 2022 But federal authorities also issued special rules designed to exempt from the law offshore oil and gas drilling in prime polar bear habitat off Alaska’s north coast. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Majestic, increasingly hungry and at risk of disappearing, the polar bear is dependent on something melting away on our warming planet: sea ice. Seth Borenstein, Camille Fassett, Kati Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 In Big River, Labrador, the participants face the stalking predator, the polar bear. Rodney Ho, ajc, 23 May 2022 The vanishing of nature is also romanticized: the lonely polar bear on an ice shelf. Michael Lapointe, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2022 Never forget when Oregon’s favorite polar bear was but a wee cub. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of polar bear

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polar bear was in 1769

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4 Aug 2022

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“Polar bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polar%20bear. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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: a large creamy-white bear of arctic regions

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