water bear

noun

Examples of water bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resilient tun state isn’t the only tactic water bears use to survive environmental stress, and the team plans to scrutinize other strategies. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 17 Jan. 2024 When water begins to flow again, water bears absorb it to rehydrate and return to life. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Apr. 2024 The team devised several experiments to temporarily expose water bears to stress-inducing, free-radical-producing conditions, such as high levels of salt, sugar and hydrogen peroxide. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 17 Jan. 2024 They are sometimes called water bears or moss piglets. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 The water bears shrink to one-quarter of their normal size. Jenna Schnuer, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 The resilient tun state isn’t the only tactic water bears use to survive environmental stress, and the team plans to study these other strategies in close detail. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 17 Jan. 2024 Now, a new study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE finally hints at how the water bear achieves its feats of survival. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 The team devised several experiments to temporarily expose little water bears to stress-inducing, free-radical-producing conditions—including high levels of salt, sugar and hydrogen peroxide. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water bear was in 1848

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“Water bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20bear. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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