sun bear

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sun bear

n.
A bear (Helarctos malayanus) native to Southeast Asian forests, having black fur with a gray to orange muzzle and a tawny, crescent-shaped chest marking. It is the smallest species of bear. Also called honey bear, Malayan sun bear.

[From the resemblance of the chest marking to an image of the rising or setting sun.]
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sun bear

n
(Animals) a small bear, Helarctos malayanus, of tropical forests in S and SE Asia, having a black coat and a yellowish snout and feeding mostly on honey and insects. Also called: honey bear
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n.
a small black bear, Helarctos malayanus, of SE Asia, having a light muzzle and yellow chest markings.
[1835–45]
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