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 In the 1970s and 1980s, polar bear science and climate science began to converge. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "How Polar Bears Became Avatars for the Climate Crisis," 28 Mar. 2021 And in their real world, millions of young people are watching a polar bear struggle to hold on to rapidly melting ice. Emma Pattee, Wired, "Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok," 11 Mar. 2021 More than 100 days in, mama polar bear Suka and her twin cubs are thriving at Detroit Zoo. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo's polar bear mom, twin cubs thriving, ready for public debut soon," 5 Mar. 2021 The zoo became home to a one-of-a-kind swim chamber capable of calculating a polar bear’s oxygen intake while walking and swimming. oregonlive, "When polar bear Nora returns to the Oregon Zoo, a vastly upgraded exhibit awaits," 27 Feb. 2021 At the same time, Williams crafts a narrative in which the story of a polar bear is also one of history and geology. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "How Polar Bears Became Avatars for the Climate Crisis," 28 Mar. 2021 According to the Cincinnati Zoo, Little One was matched with several females during his lifetime but never sired any offspirng with them in spite outliving the 21-year median life expectancy of an average male polar bear by more than 10 years. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "1 of America's oldest polar bears dies after outliving average life expectancy by 10 years," 28 Mar. 2021 Rooms at the polar bear hotel cost between 1,888 and 2,288 yuan, the equivalent to roughly $290 to $352 a night. Washington Post, "China’s newest attraction, a hotel with live polar bears, is already fully booked," 18 Mar. 2021 Valerie Manley, on her husband, a police officer who dedicated his free time to raising money for the local Special Olympics: We were recently given a white polar bear from the Special Olympics in honor of all the work Jerry did for them. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "D.C.’s Lost Year: How the pandemic upended lives and businesses across a region," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Polar bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polar%20bear. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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