the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.
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Origin of woolly bear
First recorded in 1835–45
Words nearby woolly bear
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Example sentences from the Web for woolly bear
Oh, mistis, dat yar sergeant ossifer— Dat sassy un what call me "Woolly-bear."Laura Secord, the heroine of 1812|Sarah Anne Curzon
British Dictionary definitions for woolly bear
the caterpillar of any of various tiger moths, esp Arctia caja of Europe and Isia isabella of North America, having a dense covering of soft hairs
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