• "The second lion seized him."
    "The second lion seized him."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lion large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male
    • n Lion the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
    • n Lion (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo
    • n lion a celebrity who is lionized (much sought after)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Red Lion, Thursley The Red Lion, Thursley
The Red Lion, Betchworth The Red Lion, Betchworth
Samson and the Lion Samson and the Lion
The Mouse and the Lion The Mouse and the Lion
The Ass in the Lion's Skin The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The Lion and the Statue The Lion and the Statue
The Lion in Love The Lion in Love
The Ass and the Sick Lion The Ass and the Sick Lion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.
    • Lion (Zoöl) A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera leo, formerly Felis leo), found in Southern Asia and in most parts of Africa, distinct varieties occurring in the different countries. The adult male, in most varieties, has a thick mane of long shaggy hair that adds to his apparent size, which is less than that of the largest tigers. The length, however, is sometimes eleven feet to the base of the tail. The color is a tawny yellow or yellowish brown; the mane is darker, and the terminal tuft of the tail is black. In one variety, called the maneless lion, the male has only a slight mane.
    • Lion (Astron) A sign and a constellation; Leo.
    • Lion An object of interest and curiosity, especially a person who is so regarded; as, he was quite a lion in London at that time. "Such society was far more enjoyable than that of Edinburgh, for here he was not a lion , but a man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some lions mate 50 times a day.
    • n lion A quadruped of the genus Felis, F. leo, the largest of all carnivorous animals, distinguished by its tawny or yellow color, a full flowing mane in the male, a tufted tail, and the disappearance of the feline markings in both sexes before they arrive at maturity. The largest are from 8 to 9 feet in length. The lion is a native of Africa and the warm regions of Asia. He preys chiefly on live animals, avoiding carrion unless impelled by extreme hunger. He approaches his prey with stealthy movements, crouching for the spring, which is accompanied with a terrific roar. The whole frame is most powerful and impressive, giving with the large head and ample mane that majestic appearance to the animal from which he derives his title of “king of beasts.” Of the African lion there are several varieties, as the Barbary, Gambian, Senegal, and Cape lions. The Asiatic varieties are generally distinguished as the Bengal, the Persian or Arabian, and the maneless lion of Gujerat.
    • n lion Figuratively, a lion-like person; a man possessing the courage, fierceness, etc., of a lion.
    • n lion [capitalized] In astronomy, a constellation and sign of the zodiac. See Leo, 1.
    • n lion In heraldry, a representation of a lion used as a bearing. There are various attitudes in which it is represented, forming as many different bearings, viz.: passant, passant gardant or leopardé, passant regardant, rampant, rampant gardant, rampant regardant, salient, combatant (when two lions are rampant and face to face, also called counter-rampant), statant, statant gardant, sejant, couchant, and coward. (See these words.) Further modifications of these bearings may exist, but are rare. Anciently the blazon was “a lion” only when the creature was rampant; when passant gardant, as on the shield of England, it was called lion leopardé, and also leopard. The lion is always langued and armed gules unless the field is gules, when it is langued and armed azure.
    • n lion A gold coin current in Scotland from the time of Robert III. to the reign of James VI.: so called from the lion on the obverse of the coin. Under Mary it was worth 44 shillings Scotch; under James VI. (when it was called the lion noble), 74 shillings Scotch. Half-lions were also coined.
    • n lion A copper coin: same as hardhead, 2.
    • n lion An object of interest and curiosity; especially, a celebrated or conspicuous person who is much sought by society or by the public in general: as, to visit the lions of the place; such a one is the lion of the day. The use is an extension of lion in its literal sense, with reference to the lions formerly kept at the Tower in London. See the first quotation.
    • n lion An imaginary danger, trumped up by cowardice or sloth.
    • n lion Any humble friend or follower who acts as a sycophant or foil to another.
    • n lion A silver and a gold coin of the Belgian provinces, struck in 1790. The value of the gold lion was about $6.50.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Males lions can sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
    • n Lion lī′un a fierce quadruped of immense strength, the largest of all carnivorous animals, tawny-coloured, the male with a shaggy mane, springing on his prey with a terrific roar: a man of unusual courage: :
    • n Lion lī′un (astron.) Leo, a sign of the zodiac: any object of interest, esp. a famous or conspicuous person much sought after: an old Scotch coin, with a lion on the obverse, worth 74 shillings Scotch (James VI.)
    • n Lion lī′un (her.) representation of a lion used as a bearing
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  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    “For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.”
  • Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    Sister Elizabeth Kenny
    “It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.”
  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.”
  • Proverb
    “Better a living dog than a dead lion.”


Beard the lion in his own den - If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Lion's share - The lion's share of something is the biggest or best part.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lion, L. leo, -onis, akin to Gr. le`wn. Cf. Chameleon Dandelion Leopard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. lion—L. leon-em—Gr. leōn; Ger. löwe.


In literature:

Then bring here to me the lion's tail; you will hereafter need it.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
In another Kaffir story, the Jackal runs into a hole under a tree, but the Lion catches him by the tail.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
A braying ass within a lion's skin!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
The lion had a bad attack of fever.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
From his shining snout to his stumpy tail he was a lion and a half, the length of two tall men.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Then you can play with Byram's lions, too.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The lion was followed by a running wolf, who had shown his teeth savagely when the lion, for a moment, trespassed upon his pedestal.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
What the dickens did you mean just now when you spoke about 'the lion's change' and 'the lion's smile'?
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Triumphant from the encounter with the lions, he rushed back to slake his still unsatisfied fury on the pig-tapirs.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
And without any thought of fear, he went forward to meet the lion.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown

In poetry:

Then to the desert breeze unrolled,
Cheerly the waving pennons fly,
Lion or eagle—each bright fold
A lodestar to a warrior's eye.
"Confirmation" by John Keble
Then, BRANWORTH, Lion of the field !
O, hear a maiden plead;
Sheath not thy sword in GYNNETH'S breast,
Or too, let LEWIN'S bleed ?
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
A white mist drifts across the shrouds,
A wild moon in this wintry sky
Gleams like an angry lion's eye
Out of a mane of tawny clouds.
"La Mer" by Oscar Wilde
They held their post, they saved the day,
Those young lions from the West;
What higher tribute can we pay,
"They fought like Britain's best."
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens
There stands upon the first good shield
A lion, so fierce and stark,
With a crown on his head, of the ruddy gold,
That is King Diderik’s mark.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Then with one shout that quivered with its wrath
Our Scottish lions leapt,
And, like a torrent from its mountain path,
Down on the foe they swept.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

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The enigmatic crew from Au's Shaolin Arts Society will light 20,000 firecrackers at the mall's main entrance to "wake" the lions, which will then parade through the mall to the center stage.
That's the question we're all wondering at halftime at Ford Field, where the Lions lead the Texans 21-14.
The festivities kicked off on Friday night with a vintage machinery display, a car show, and food available by the Dysart Lions Club.
Caraway Lions getting ready for the 2012 Fourth of July Celebration.
Caraway Lions Club is busy getting ready for the 66th annual Fourth of July picnic.
Now, it's the Lions' turn to note Smith's carefulness .
One more game Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Eight seniors from Barry and Lawrence counties played in the Lions Club International All-Star Twin Classic on Saturday.
Lions carve up Rebels 71-32.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the relatively modest returns for the sequel "Prince Caspian " baffled many.
Rebecca Black, Yuck, Giant Squid, a cassette tape revival and the Detroit Lions.
Hamilton What's wackier: Brian Wilson (shown here performing at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park last summer) touring with The Beach Boys or the Detroit Lions making the playoffs.
On Wednesday, June 8, the Sand Lake Lions Club held an invitational, informative meeting for people to learn about Lions International.
Lions story from Nov 9 (FBO-CFL-Lions-Benevides).
California Lions Revamp a Zoo's Lion Drinking Fountain .

In science:

We also need the following theorem due to Lions (see ).
Square Root Problem of Kato for the Sum of Operators
Lions, Espaces d’interpolation et domaines de puissances d’op´erateurs, J.
Square Root Problem of Kato for the Sum of Operators
Odlyzko, The 1020 th zero of the Riemann zeta-function and 70 mil lion of its neighbors., Preprint (1989) A. ¨Ozl¨uk and C.
Modeling families of L-functions
For this case we need the following Weak convergence lemma from Lions .
Homogenized dynamics of stochastic partial differential equations with dynamical boundary conditions
Lions, Magenes Probl`emes aux limites non homog`enes et applications, Dunod, Paris 1968. J.
Random data Cauchy theory for supercritical wave equations II : A global existence result