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View synonyms for woolly bear

woolly bear

noun

  1. the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.


woolly bear

noun

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of woolly bear1

First recorded in 1835–45
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Example Sentences

Marjorie took the soft, woolly bear, and somehow he was a comforting old fellow.

The "woolly bear" caterpillars look just as they did in October.

And then I began to be sorry for the woolly bear and to wish I could go and have a look at him.

Oh, mistis, dat yar sergeant ossifer— Dat sassy un what call me "Woolly-bear."

Even if it is a woolly bear, you'll find plenty more another day.

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