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 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, "A View to a Krill," 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, "The 1978 Farmers' Almanac Revealed the 20 Signs in Nature That Can Predict a Harsh Winter," 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, "Look to nature for signs of a harsh winter: Farmers’ Almanac shares 1978 lore," 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, "Look to nature for signs of a harsh winter: Farmers’ Almanac shares 1978 lore," 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, "Orangutans Use Plant Extracts to Treat Pain," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of woolly bear

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Woolly bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly%20bear. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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