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sun bear

  1. a small, black bear, Ursus (Helarctos) malayanus, of Southeast Asian forests, having a light muzzle and yellow chest markings.
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Origin of sun bear

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called honey bear, Malay bear.
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Historical Examples

  • In color it is black, with a white crescent-shaped mark on the upper part of its chest, like that of the sun-bear.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

British Dictionary definitions for malay bear

sun bear

  1. a small bear, Helarctos malayanus, of tropical forests in S and SE Asia, having a black coat and a yellowish snout and feeding mostly on honey and insectsAlso called: honey bear
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