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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When the zoo's most recent groundhog, Wynter, died in 2017, polar bear Snow Lilly performed the duties normally handled by a prognosticating rodent this past February. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Last December a heart-wrenching video went viral showing an emaciated polar bear searching for food on Somerset Island. Detroit Free Press, "Head to the Detroit Zoo for Polar Bear fun today," 27 Feb. 2018 While grolers have been bred in captivity for some time, polar bears in the wild prefer to mate on ice while grizzlies mate on land. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Unusual Animal Hybrids," 21 Sep. 2010 But even at the end of his life, there were days when the polar bear would inexplicably plunge into the water in a riot of bubbles, surge across the pool, turn back, and do it again. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Take dolphins in marine parks, or Yemen’s starving zoo animals—or the tragic case of Pizza the polar bear. National Geographic, "UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Drops Monkey Circus," 21 June 2018 Wisthoff said the Omaha zoo is discontinuing its polar bear exhibit. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Stingray Bay touch tank now has an opening date at the Kansas City Zoo | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 There will be an interactive station to explain how blubber keeps polar bears warm in the extreme cold. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zoo's polar bear will usher in spring and family activities at Groundhog Day event," 26 Jan. 2018 Gus, a polar bear at the Central Park Zoo, swam ceaselessly. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of polar bear

1769, in the meaning defined above

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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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