Definition of cave bear in US English:

cave bear


  • A large extinct bear of the Pleistocene epoch, whose remains are found commonly in caves throughout Europe.

    Ursus spelaeus, family Ursidae

    • ‘The evolution of the cave bear and brown bear has been studied by analyzing both modern DNA samples and ancient DNA from fossils.’
    • ‘Contemporary human template DNA from a phenotypically healthy individual was therefore spiked with an ancient DNA extract from a cave bear.’
    • ‘The cave bear became extinct at the end of the late glacial period.’
    • ‘For example, the woolly rhinoceros, giant deer, the moose-like giraffe shown in the slide, and the cave bear were found only in Eurasia and Africa.’
    • ‘In it, a cave bear and dinosaurs are found in their prehistoric element; at one point, the bear fights with a dinosaur and is flipped upside down in the fight.’