sloth bear


Definition of sloth bear

: a forest-dwelling bear (Melurus ursinus) of India and adjacent regions that has long black hair, very large claws, and a long snout and that feeds chiefly on insects

Examples of sloth bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apprehended: Indian police have captured a man accused of killing sloth bears and poaching and trading tigers, the BBC reported. National Geographic, "Why are these dogs good soldiers?," 31 Oct. 2019 Photo-ops with Star Wars characters, Star Wars themed enrichment for the animals, Star Wars themed comedy performances, movie themed exhibit walk, face painting, giraffe and sloth bear encounter, Butterflies in Bloom, more. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "June rocks with Alive After Five, family festivals and free movie nights | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 The female sloth bear was headed to the water with her cub when the tiger attacked. Drew Broach,, "Watch tiger, bear tangle in Indian national park," 3 Mar. 2018 Easily navigable for visitors of all ages, the zoo’s attractions, in spacious surroundings, include lions, kangaroos, lemurs, river otters, sloth bears, and the zoo’s signature red pandas. Loren King,, "Attleboro not only rich with history but also with museums," 8 Mar. 2018 Others in our group, including my husband, came upon a sloth bear inching its way along the roadside. Lini S. Kadaba,, "On Indian safari, seeking a tiger for the tale," 6 Oct. 2017 And then there’s Yala National Park: home to shaggy, insect-eating sloth bears and one of the world’s highest population densities of leopards. Laura Kiniry, USA TODAY, "Seven once-in-a-lifetime safaris that aren’t in Africa," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sloth bear

1835, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2019

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“Sloth bear.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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