sun bear


Definition of sun bear

: a small forest-dwelling bear (Ursus malayanus synonym Helarctos malayanus) of southeastern Asia that has short glossy black fur with a lighter muzzle and often an orange or white breast mark

Examples of sun bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So what is the facial mimicry in sun bears even for? Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "These bears mimic each other's faces as well as people do," 21 Mar. 2019 Despite a searing noontime sun bearing down on the stone pavement between city council chambers and San Fernando Cathedral, about 100 people gathered Monday for prayer. Elaine Ayala,, "San Antonio joined Compassionate and Sister Cities in prayer and in tears," 13 Aug. 2019 She and her team observed 22 sun bears in their forested enclosures, recording more than 370 different play bouts on video. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "These bears mimic each other's faces as well as people do," 21 Mar. 2019 Asiatic black bears, also known as moon bears, sun bears, and brown bears are some of the most common species farmed for bile. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 The jungles of Ta Phraya National Park in southeastern Thailand, part of a Unesco world heritage site, are home to sun bears, crocodiles and elephants. Ben C. Solomon, New York Times, "‘These Forests Are the Lungs of the Country’: Thai Rangers Guard Precious Rosewood," 21 June 2019 As the sun bore down, about 75 people stood in a semicircle listening to tributes. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "‘In the belly of hell’: The Quaker abolitionist disowned by his faith for condemning slave owners," 14 May 2018 Charismatic animals there include orangutans, elephants and sun bears. Michael Stone, Discover Magazine, "The Animal Collective," 9 May 2018 The bears, mainly Asiatic black bears and sun bears native the region, are often kept in wretched conditions and suffer a wide range of health problems. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Vietnam Commits to Shut Down Bear Bile Farms," 21 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sun bear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sun bear

1833, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sun bear

Dictionary Entries near sun bear


sunbeam snake


sun bear




Statistics for sun bear

Last Updated

4 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for sun bear

The first known use of sun bear was in 1833

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on sun bear

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sun bear Encyclopedia article about sun bear

Comments on sun bear

What made you want to look up sun bear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to spread as a report or rumor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!