Definition of liger in English:

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liger

Pronunciation: /ˈlīɡər/

noun

The hybrid offspring of a male lion and a tigress. Compare with tigon.
Example sentences
  • Even when crossbreeding creates a viable hybrid, the offspring often inherits multiple copies of each parents' chromosomes, or sets of genes (see photos of ligers, hybrids of lions and tigers).
  • We know that tigers and lions can produce hybrids called tigons and ligers, so it is likely that they are descended from the same original kind.
  • A hybrid from a male lion and a female tiger is called a liger while a hybrid from a male tiger and a female lion is a tigon.

Origin

1930s: blend of lion and tiger.

Words that rhyme with liger

Auriga, Eiger, saiga, taiga, tiger

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Syllabification: li·ger

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