Definition of honey bear in US English:

honey bear


  • 1The kinkajou, Potus flavus (family Procyonidae), of tropical America.

  • 2Either of two Asian bears, the sloth bear, Melursus ursinus, and the sun bear, Helarctos malayanus.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From honey + bear, so called on account of the enthusiasm with which these animals feed on honey.


honey bear

/ˈhʌnɪ bɛː/