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sloth bear



a coarse-haired, long-snouted bear, Ursus ursinus, of India and Indochina: now rare.


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Nearby words

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Origin of sloth bear

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sloth bear

  • The sloth-bear, after staring vacantly awhile slowly shook his head.

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  • Ossaroo, however, knew the animal by the description given, and declared that it was quite as timid a creature as the sloth-bear.

  • “I thought you were going to preach,” explained the sloth-bear.

  • The answer was a loud snore from the sloth-bear, who had once more fallen into a deep sleep.

British Dictionary definitions for sloth bear

sloth bear


a bear, Melursus ursinus, of forests of S India and Sri Lanka, having a shaggy coat and an elongated snout specialized for feeding on termites
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