from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stout-bodied moth (species) of the family Arctiidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of numerous species of moths of the family Arctiadæ which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larvæ are called woolly bears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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