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polar bear

a large white bear, Ursus maritimus, of the arctic regions.
Origin of polar bear
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A polar-bear skin attracted his attention, and this he chose.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Then the polar-bear at the wheel, noting a gap in the traffic, stepped on the accelerator and slipped neatly through.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • In 198 the belt of polar-bear skin (kak-cung-unt) (Fig. 23) are hung strings of colored beads and various amulets.

  • He dressed in snuff-colored clothes, and he bent over, swaying from side to side like a polar-bear in a cage.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Her foot was tap-tapping the polar-bear skin eighty-four times to the minute.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • It was a colossal vehicle with a polar-bear at the steering-wheel and another at his side.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for polar-bear

polar bear

a white carnivorous bear, Thalarctos maritimus, of coastal regions of the North Pole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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