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

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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

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First Known Use of sun bear

1833, in the meaning defined above

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