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lion

the largest wild carnivore, yellow, tawny or gray in color; males have a distinctive mane. Called also Panthera leo.

lion jaw
see craniomandibular osteopathy.
mountain lion
a lion-colored, maneless lion. Called also Panthera concolor (syn. Felis concolor), cougar, puma.
lion-tailed macaque
Macaca silenus. See also macaque.
References in classic literature ?
That's why he went over so easily," remarked the Lion.
That's why he nearly blunted my claws," said the Lion.
As its holiest, it once loved "Thou-shalt": now is it forced to find illusion and arbitrariness even in the holiest things, that it may capture freedom from its love: the lion is needed for this capture.
He wasn't there, but directly in front of me was King Wallace, in tights, waiting for his turn to go on with his cage of performing lions.
But the Leader of the Lions was a very proud creature.
Moving slowly outward upon the two branches Tarzan swung Numa out so that he could not reach the bole of the tree with his raking talons, then he made the rope fast after drawing the lion clear of the ground, dropped his five pigskin sacks to earth and leaped down himself.
The lion has the door open; he is free to come out or not to come out; but as he has not come out so far, he will not come out to-day.
Thereupon the wedding was celebrated, and the lion was again taken into favour, because, after all, he had told the truth.
Just as the lion disappeared among the trees beyond the clearing Tarzan caught upon the down-coming wind the explanation of his new interest--the scent spoor of man was wafted strongly to the sensitive nostrils.
He had no love for Numa, the lion, yet he bristled with rage when the blacks inflicted upon his enemy such indignities and cruelties as only the mind of the one creature molded in the image of God can conceive.
The boy, with his pitifully inadequate spear ready in his hand, realized quickly that this lion was different from the others he had met; but he had gone too far now to retreat.
And Hannibal, the largest lion in captivity, with all his teeth, captured out of the jungle after he was full-grown, a veritable king of beasts, before the menacing broomstick in the hand of a sliver of a man, backed deeper and more crumpled together into the corner.