- (obsolete) A polar bear.
1824, Time's Telescope for 1824 ; Or, A Complete Guide to the Almanack, page ci:
- Still nearer the pole, the arctic bear reigns the mighty tyrant of the frozen solitude.
1826, The Percy anecdotes - Volume 10, page 123:
- In the front parlour, was an immense arctic bear, of a white colour, and a winged animal, much injured by time, but which appeared to have been an eagle.
1832 -, The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia - Volume 10, page 103:
- The white bear, polar bear, or arctic bear, (Ursus maritimus, or Ursus arcticus), is a migrating animal.
1860, A Familiar Forensic View of Man and Law, page 70:
- The species of man in the temperate zone are not, like arctic bears or bears of Borneo, confined to any province.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see arctic, bear.
2012, E. C. Pielou, A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic, ISBN 022614867X, page 257:
- Bears are the largest living carnivores, and the two largest species, polar bears and grizzly bears, are both inhabitants of the Arctic. [...] In open country, with nowhere to hide, attack is the obvious method of defense, especailly for animals with the speed and enormous strength of the two arctic bears.