from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous, often brightly colored moths of the family Arctiidae, characteristically having wings marked with spots or stripes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A moth of the family Arctiidæ, as Euprepia caja and E. plantaginis, whose larvæ are known as bear-caterpillars and woolly bears.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology A stout-bodied moth (species) of the family Arctiidae

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun medium-sized moth with long richly colored and intricately patterned wings; larvae are called woolly bears


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