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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The groups sought information on an application by a company to conduct three-dimensional seismic exploration using 90,000-pound (40,825-kilogram) vibrator trucks and mobile camps that could disturb denning polar bears. Washington Post, "Groups sue for information on Arctic refuge lease sale," 31 July 2019 Its rich lineup delivers thrillers, kooky romances and biopics about photographers who are hell-bent on shooting polar bears — underwater. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 crazy-good Bay Area things to do this weekend, July 19-21," 18 July 2019 Coastal Alaska Natives are permitted to harvest polar bears for subsistence and crafts, but not in a wasteful way, the outlet reported. Fox News, "Alaska man illegally killed polar bear, left wasting carcass in front yard for months: authorities," 17 July 2019 Renata may never be able to buy a polar bear for every child. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 To make polar bear noses, pipe a mound of stiff royal icing in one spot and let sit until almost dry, then press on mini brown M&M's. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Polar Bear Sugar Cookies," 15 Nov. 2017 But for every polar bear or sea otter, there are hundreds more (like the Fairy Shrimp, the New Mexico jumping mouse, or the Purple Cat's Paw freshwater mussel). CBS News, "On the brink: The Endangered Species Act," 21 July 2019 Translators and gun babysitters Though China Hunting Show attendees were intrigued by the booths and taxidermy displays— including a polar bear—very few of the 85 outfitters made any bookings at all during the four-day event. Laurel Chor, Quartz, "Western hunting outfitters think China is the future of the market," 8 July 2019 One story last week — a polar bear killing a duck at the zoo — brought up the question, what is news? Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What ‘news’ is fit to cover, publish?," 14 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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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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