What's the meaning of "cub" or "cubs" and in what context is it used?
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Cubs is the plural of cub. Cub is the name for the infant offspring of bears, lions and some other creatures.
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As Robusto points out, the most basic definition of cub is young offspring, and it is used in reference to those of some common wild animals, such as lions (and other felines), bears, foxes, hyenas, etc. Cub can also be compounded with the name of an animal for specificity, e.g. lion-cub, bear-cub, and so forth.
In some parts of the English-speaking world, the word cub is also used in a similar sense for a boy scout in the making; hence, the term cub scout. Cubs or cub scouts have to work hard to earn points and gain a certain level of maturity before Akela can declare them boy scouts.