sun bear

noun

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Come along with me and meet some of Borneo's exotic wildlife in the gallery above—from inquisitive baby orangutans and sleepy sun bears to the extremely rare Sumatran rhino. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 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, ExpressNews.com, "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

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First Known Use of sun bear

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Sun bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun%20bear. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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