woolly bear

noun

Definition of woolly bear 

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

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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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