- a small, black bear, Ursus (Helarctos) malayanus, of Southeast Asian forests, having a light muzzle and yellow chest markings.
Origin of sun bear
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called honey bear, Malay bear.
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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
- 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