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woolly bear

noun
1.
the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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British Dictionary definitions for woolly bears

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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