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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lion  \Li"on\  (l[imac]"[u^]n),  n.  [F.  lion,  L.  leo,  -onis,  akin 
  to  Gr  le`wn.  Cf  {Chameleon},  {Dandelion},  {Leopard}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  large  carnivorous  feline  mammal  ({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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lion  \Li"on\,  n. 
  {Lion  of  Lucerne},  a  famous  sculptured  lion  at  Lucerne, 
  Switzerland,  designed  by  Thorwaldsen  and  dedicated  in  1821 
  as  a  memorial  to  the  Swiss  Guards  who  fell  defending  Louis 
  XVI.  in  the  attack  of  the  mob  on  the  Tuileries,  Aug.  10, 
  1792.  The  animal,  which  is  hewn  out  of  the  face  of  a  rock, 
  is  represented  as  transfixed  with  a  broken  spear  and 
  dying,  but  still  trying  to  protect  with  its  paw  a  shield 
  bearing  the  fleur-de-lis  of  France. 
  {Lion  of  St  Mark},  a  winged  lion,  the  emblem  of  the 
  evangelist  Mark,  especially  that  of  bronze  surmounting  a 
  granite  column  in  the  Piazzetta  at  Venice,  and  holding  in 
  its  fore  paws  an  open  book  representing  St  Mark's  Gospel. 
  {Lion  of  the  North},  Gustavus  Adolphus  (1594-1632),  King  of 
  Sweden,  the  hero  of  the  Protestant  faith  in  the  Thirty 
  Years'  War.  Liquid  air  \Liq"uid  air\  (Physics) 
  A  transparent  limpid  liquid,  slightly  blue  in  color, 
  consisting  of  a  mixture  of  liquefied  oxygen  and  nitrogen.  It 
  is  prepared  by  subjecting  air  to  great  pressure  and  then 
  cooling  it  by  its  own  expansion  to  a  temperature  below  the 
  boiling  point  of  its  constituents  (N  -194[deg]  C;  O  -183[deg] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  large  gregarious  predatory  feline  of  Africa  and  India  having 
  a  tawny  coat  with  a  shaggy  mane  in  the  male  [syn:  {king 
  of  beasts},  {Panthera  leo}] 
  2:  a  celebrity  who  is  lionized  (much  sought  after)  [syn:  {social 

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