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polar bear

noun
  1. a large white bear, Ursus maritimus, of the arctic regions.
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Origin of polar bear

First recorded in 1775–85
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  • A polar-bear skin attracted his attention, and this he chose.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • Her foot was tap-tapping the polar-bear skin eighty-four times to the minute.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre

  • Then the polar-bear at the wheel, noting a gap in the traffic, stepped on the accelerator and slipped neatly through.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • He dressed in snuff-colored clothes, and he bent over, swaying from side to side like a polar-bear in a cage.

    The Librarian at Play

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • It was a colossal vehicle with a polar-bear at the steering-wheel and another at his side.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for polar bear

polar bear

noun
  1. a white carnivorous bear, Thalarctos maritimus, of coastal regions of the North Pole
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