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Meaning of lion by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A lion.


    From Old French lion, from Latin leō, ( genitive: leōnis ), from Ancient Greek λέων ( leōn ), likely a borrowing from a Semitic language; compare Proto-Semitic *labiʾ- .


    • enPR: lī'ən, IPA: /ˈlaɪən/, X-SAMPA: /"laI@n/
    • Rhymes: -aɪən


    lion ( plural: lions or lion )

    1. A big cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa, India and formerly to much of Europe. The term may apply to the species as a whole, to individuals, or to male individuals. It also applies to related species like mountain lions .
    2. ( heraldry ): A stylized representation of a large cat, used on a coat of arms.
    3. A Chinese foo dog .
    4. An individual who shows strength and courage, attributes associated with the lion.
    5. A famous person .

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    • Lion on Wikipedia .
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Panthera leo on Wikispecies.
    • Commons-logo.svg Lion on Wikimedia Commons.
    • Appendix:Animals
    • Appendix:English collective nouns


Explanation of lion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male

    2. the fifth sign of the zodiac

    3. a person who is born while the sun is in Leo

    4. a celebrity who is lionized ( much sought after )