mama bear

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mama bear (plural mama bears)

  1. A female bear currently rearing one or more cubs.
  2. (by extension, slang) A woman, especially a mother, who is extremely protective of a child or children.
    • 2009, Kimberly Van Meter, Kids on the Doorstep, ISBN 978-0-373-71577-0, dedication, page 6:
      To my sister, Kristen, who wears the badge of motherhood with pride and inspires people to love without reservation, without judgment, without fear. She is a mama bear and a wonder to watch in action!
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

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