Found 2 items, similar to woolly bears.
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Definition: woolly bear
n : caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat
of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive
pests [syn: woolly bear caterpillar
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Definition: woolly bears
, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris;
probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri
an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; --
probably so named from its quickness.]
1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris
native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and
sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped
with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and
belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or
exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger
, and Bengal tiger
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
As for heinous tiger, Tamora. --Shak.
3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or
4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three
cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.]
5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
(a) The puma.
(b) The jaguar.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsome striped and spotted
carnivore (Felis macrocelis
or Felis marmorata
of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about
three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet
long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark
markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but
there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending
back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth.
Called also tortoise-shell tiger
(Zo["o]l.), the jaguar.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
active carnivorous beetles of the family Cicindelid[ae]
They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Sun bittern
, under Sun
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of wild
cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes
somewhat resembling those of the tiger.
(Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus
(as Tigridia conchiflora
, Tigridia grandiflora
, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or
streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger.
(Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm
). It is used in many ways by
the natives. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
. (Bot.) See under Lily
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of moths
of the family Arctiad[ae]
which are striped or barred
with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The
larv[ae] are called woolly bears
(Zo["o]l.), a voracious shark (Galeocerdo tigrinus
syn. Galeocerdo maculatus
) more or less barred
or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic
and Indian Ocean. Called also zebra shark
(Zo["o]l.), a large and conspicuously spotted
cowrie (Cypr[ae]a tigris
); -- so called from its fancied
resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also
(Zo["o]l.), either of two very venomous snakes
of Tasmania and Australia, Notechis scutatis
, which grow up to 5 feet in length.
(Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena (Hy[ae]na crocuta
, the variegated heartwood of a tree
) found in Guiana.