woolly bear

the caterpillar of any of several moths, as a tiger moth, having a dense coat of woolly hairs.
[1835-45]

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or wooly bear

The larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Isia isabella), known as the banded woolly bear, is brown in the middle and black at both ends. The width of the black bands is purported to predict the severity of the coming winter: the narrower the bands, the milder the weather will be.

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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 — 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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