woolly bear
noun Date: circa 1841 any of various rather large very hairy moth caterpillars; especially one of a tiger moth

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  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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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