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water bear

noun, Zoology.
a tardigrade.
Origin of water bear
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the most common little creatures that was caught in this trap, was the Tardigrada, or water bear.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
British Dictionary definitions for water bear

water bear

another name for a tardigrade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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water bear in Science
water bear  
See tardigrade.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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