- 1A large tawny-colored cat that lives in prides, found in Africa and northwestern India. The male has a flowing shaggy mane and takes little part in hunting, which is done cooperatively by the females.
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- Panthera leo, family Felidae
- Three year-old male lions grow manes that vary in color from black to blond.
- Male lions develop thick woolly manes on the neck and shoulders, signifying maturity.
- For instance, by choosing to hunt at a different place or time, coyotes avoid wolves, cheetahs avoid lions, and leopards avoid tigers.
- 1.2A brave or strong person.More example sentences
- Though this lion has the tendency to be arrogant, sulky or smug, he/she is unrestrained in bed.
- It would have been easy to retire and fade back and let the new lions take charge, but this never crossed Al's mind.
- 1.3An influential or celebrated person: a literary lionMore example sentences
- He has been justly celebrated as a business lion - and the book reveals a certain beastliness.
- Is Tim trying to hold off the emerging influence of a young leftie lion?
- Though he needs no calling card today, how odd, and even sad, it is that this lion of American letters is still struggling to find his way into print.
- 1.4The lion as an emblem (e.g., of English or Scottish royalty) or as a charge in heraldry.More example sentences
- This design is blazoned as ‘Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale Or,’ and it is still the coat of arms of England today.
- I needn't see the heraldic lion on his clothes' front to know where he came from.
- He wanted a unique way to show his support for England and so he had the three lions emblem and St George's cross engraved on his false teeth.
- 2 (Lion) A member of a Lions Club.More example sentences
- He was a Lion, who joined in 1975 and became the first Secretary of the Virgin Gorda Lions Club.
throw someone to the lions
- Cause someone to be in an extremely dangerous or unpleasant situation.[with reference to the throwing of Christians to the lions in Roman times]More example sentences
- Hey, at least we're not throwing them to the lions.
- I am willing to give it a shot by throwing him to the lions and asking him what he prefers afterwards.
- Everyone there reckoned the BBC were throwing him to the lions, but he waltzed through it and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
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- More often than not, that last little bit doesn't get thrown in with lion-like qualities.
- The lion-like predator, which could stand nearly one metre and weighed about 250 kilograms, had a pair of retractable thumb-like claws to disembowel or drag prey up trees.
- Yellow dogs were also more lion-like in appearance.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French liun, from Latin leo, leon-, from Greek leōn, leont-.