Woolly bear
Woolly Wool"ly, a. 1. Consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly fleece. [1913 Webster]

2. Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. ``My fleece of woolly hair.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Clothed with wool. ``Woolly breeders.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool. [1913 Webster]

{Woolly bear} (Zo["o]l.), the hairy larva of several species of bombycid moths. The most common species in the United States are the salt-marsh caterpillar (see under {Salt}), the black and red woolly bear, or larva of the Isabella moth (see Illust., under {Isabella Moth}), and the yellow woolly bear, or larva of the American ermine moth ({Spilosoma Virginica}).

{Woolly butt} (Bot.), an Australian tree ({Eucalyptus longifolia}), so named because of its fibrous bark.

{Woolly louse} (Zo["o]l.), a plant louse ({Schizoneura lanigera} syn {Erisoma lanigera}) which is often very injurious to the apple tree. It is covered with a dense coat of white filaments somewhat resembling fine wool or cotton. In exists in two forms, one of which infests the roots, the other the branches. See Illust. under {Blight}.

{Woolly macaco} (Zo["o]l.), the mongoose lemur.

{Woolly maki} (Zo["o]l.), a long-tailed lemur ({Indris laniger}) native of Madagascar, having fur somewhat like wool; -- called also {avahi}, and {woolly lemur}.

{Woolly monkey} (Zo["o]l.), any South American monkey of the genus {Lagothrix}, as the caparro.

{Woolly rhinoceros} (Paleon.), an extinct rhinoceros ({Rhinoceros tichorhinus}) which inhabited the arctic regions, and was covered with a dense coat of woolly hair. It has been found frozen in the ice of Siberia, with the flesh and hair well preserved. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • woolly bear — n. see TIGER MOTH …   English World dictionary

  • woolly bear — Salt Salt, a. [Compar. {Salter}; superl. {Saltest}.] [AS. sealt, salt. See {Salt}, n.] 1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water. Salt tears.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • woolly bear — noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests • Syn: ↑woolly bear caterpillar • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑woolly bear moth …   Useful english dictionary

  • woolly bear — the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs. [1835 45] * * * or wooly bear Caterpillar of a tiger moth. The larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Isia isabella), known as the banded woolly bear, is… …   Universalium

  • woolly bear — wool′ly bear n. ent the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • woolly bear — noun The larva of a moth of the family Arctiidae. Syn: woolly worm …   Wiktionary

  • woolly bear — /wʊli ˈbɛə/ (say woolee bair) noun Colloquial the caterpillar of any of various moths, as tiger moths, covered with a dense coat of woolly hairs …   Australian English dictionary

  • woolly bear — noun Date: circa 1841 any of various rather large very hairy moth caterpillars; especially one of a tiger moth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • woolly bear — noun 1》 a large hairy caterpillar, especially that of a tiger moth. 2》 the small hairy larva of a carpet beetle or museum beetle …   English new terms dictionary

  • woolly bear caterpillar — noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests • Syn: ↑woolly bear • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Hyponyms: ↑woolly bear moth * * * noun see …   Useful english dictionary

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