sloth bear

noun

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 Pictured above, a rescued sloth bear living at the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center in India. Jeff Kerby, National Geographic, 14 May 2020 Adult sloth bears are missing their top two front teeth. Fox News, 10 Mar. 2020 The cub, who was born in January, is the first sloth bear cub to be born at the zoo in 30 years. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2019 Apprehended: Indian police have captured a man accused of killing sloth bears and poaching and trading tigers, the BBC reported. National Geographic, 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, 26 May 2018 The female sloth bear was headed to the water with her cub when the tiger attacked. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, 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, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2018 Others in our group, including my husband, came upon a sloth bear inching its way along the roadside. Lini S. Kadaba, Philly.com, 6 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sloth bear

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Sloth bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sloth%20bear. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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