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woolly bear

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noun
  1. the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.

Origin of woolly bear

First recorded in 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • Oh, mistis, dat yar sergeant ossifer— Dat sassy un what call me "Woolly-bear."

    Laura Secord, the heroine of 1812

    Sarah Anne Curzon


British Dictionary definitions for woolly bear

woolly bear

noun
  1. the caterpillar of any of various tiger moths, esp Arctia caja of Europe and Isia isabella of North America, having a dense covering of soft hairs
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