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woolly bear

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The "woolly bear" caterpillars look just as they did in October.

  • And then I began to be sorry for the woolly bear and to wish I could go and have a look at him.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • Even if it is a woolly bear, you'll find plenty more another day.

    Bosom Friends Angela Brazil
  • The thing had been stuck into the head of a woolly bear by way of an eye.

    The Simpkins Plot

    George A. Birmingham
  • Marjorie took the soft, woolly bear, and somehow he was a comforting old fellow.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • They would dwindle away and disappear into Time like the mammoth and the woolly bear.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for woolly bear

woolly bear

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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