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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Those were then interred in Troy, Mich., adjacent to a white marble statue of a polar bear. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The film chronicled the challenges facing Nora, a two-year-old polar bear that was hand raised by zoo keepers after her mother abandoned the days old cub. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "The Oregonian/OregonLive wins 2 regional Emmys for Nora documentary," 9 June 2018 The Detroit Zoo welcomed a female polar bear this week as a new partner for a 13-year-old bear. USA TODAY, "Suka, meet Nuka. Detroit Zoo plays matchmaker for polar bears," 7 Mar. 2018 The employee was leading tourists off a ship on an Arctic archipelago near a natural polar bear habitat. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Cruise line faces backlash after guard kills polar bear near North Pole," 31 July 2018 Other species use concealing coloration to blend in with their background, like arctic foxes and polar bears in snowy landscapes. National Geographic, "Why This Harmless Caterpillar Disguises Itself as a Venomous Snake," 3 Apr. 2018 From polar bears to brown bears, mischievous to silly, there are bears galore! Sarah Davies And Karli Pederson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Watch out for bears! Children's books about bears recommended by Milwaukee Public Library," 28 Dec. 2017 Silversea is planning a 25-day trip through some of the most incredible landscapes on Earth, skirting icebergs and getting up close with polar bears on a nearly month-long trip through the Northeast Passage next summer. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Incredible Cruise Near the North Pole Lasts a Month, Costs $37,000," 18 July 2018 Taken at what appears to be a zoo, the clip shows a baby polar bear rolling around playfully before accidentally slipping into the water and scrambling to get back up on the rock. Diana Bruk, Woman's Day, "This Polar Bear Swiftly Saving Her Cub From Drowning Proves the Power of a Mother's Love," 23 Mar. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of polar bear

: a large white bear that lives near the North Pole

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Kids Definition of polar bear

: a large creamy-white bear of arctic regions

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