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 San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo live streams a number of animals on its site, including koalas, giraffes and polar bears. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "These zoos and aquariums are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy during coronavirus isolation," 18 Mar. 2020 In the first few months the expedition encountered wild storms, constantly shifting and cracking ice that made setting up instruments difficult, and the occasional polar bear. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Endless Night at -50 Degrees: A Look at Life on an Icebreaker," 7 Feb. 2020 These were not the dour environmentalists of generations past, prattling on about polar bears drifting away on the ice. BostonGlobe.com, "THE MOST STRIKING feature of the youth climate strikes that drew enormous crowds around the world on Friday was their exuberance.," 21 Sep. 2019 An adorable polar bear in Greenland was seen waving to a tourist. Fox News, "Polar bear in Greenland seen ‘waving,’ photographs reveal," 29 Jan. 2020 The location includes an oversized stuffed polar bear to stand near. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "So negative, yet so positive: At nearly 40 below zero, Fairbanks knows how to chill," 11 Jan. 2020 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's male polar bear Little One celebrated his 30th birthday on Dec. 13. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo's male polar bear Little One celebrates 30th birthday," 13 Dec. 2019 From a three-day Bahamian getaway to an polar bear-focused Arctic exploration, there's something for everyone. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 2020 Cruise Itineraries We're Most Excited About," 1 July 2019 The bird weighed as much as an adult male polar bear and was more than 11 feet tall. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Just a Massive Ancient Bird the Size of a Polar Bear," 28 June 2019

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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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3 Apr 2020

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“Polar bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polar%20bear. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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