woolly bear

noun

Definition of woolly bear

: any of various rather large very hairy moth caterpillars especially : one of a tiger moth

Examples of woolly bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although many people notice woolly bear caterpillars because of their furry appearance, tiger moths are fairly plain looking and are one of the species seen fluttering around porch lights in the summer. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 Stories about the woolly bear's ability to drop some prophetic winter knowledge mostly seem to center on the caterpillars' stripes, as noted above from the National Weather Service. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 Yet perhaps the only animal wholly protected by the treaty is the continent’s single native insect, a flightless midge that can survive partial freezing—an antipodal analogue of the Arctic’s woolly bear moth. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 And last but not least, a true reader favorite: the size of the orange vand on the woolly bear (or woolly worm) caterpillar. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2019 And last but not least, a true reader favorite: The size of the orange band on the woolly bear (or woolly worm) caterpillar. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 14 Sep. 2019 And fuzzier-than-normal woolly bear caterpillars are said to mean that winter will be very cold. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 14 Sep. 2019 In creatures such as insects, the ability to self-medicate is almost certainly innate; woolly bear caterpillars infected with parasitic flies seek out and eat plant substances that are toxic to the flies. Doug Main, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of woolly bear

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woolly bear was circa 1841

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17 Oct 2021

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“Woolly bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly%20bear. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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