water bear

noun Zoology.

a tardigrade.

Origin of water bear

First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for water bear

  • Thus Mrs. Water-Bear makes a nursery out of her old skin, a device as ingenious as unexpected.

    Marvels of Pond-life|Henry J. Slack

British Dictionary definitions for water bear

water bear


another name for a tardigrade
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Science definitions for water bear

water bear

See tardigrade.
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