from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the family Ursidae, the bears.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bear as a member of the Ursidæ.
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Turns out, polar bear teeth are not “hardly different” – their back teeth are distinctly more carnassial (for ripping meat, not grinding) than those of their ursid (bear family) cousins.
While the red panda is considered a procyonid, the mainstream view now is that the giant panda is indeed a bear, although it diverged from the main ursid line long enough ago to exhibit some striking differences in addition to the enlarged radial sesamoid, such as chromosome number, skull anatomy, and other traits.
The spectacled bear is thought to be the next split off the main ursid line, and it too has some interesting differences–number of chromosomes and placental structure, just to name a couple.
Its body, however, bulked at least twice as large as that of the unborn ursid.
Now open your eyes and gaze into the twin flickering iPhone screens worn on this sentient mound of stereoscopic wires and microfibred debris gathered by a kid robot and shaped into a familiar ursid that's trying to start a thing with you.
The lynched ursid swings back and forth as a grisly (grizzly?) reminder to any passing bears that they remain just one torn-stitch away from an ignominious future.