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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Paillon  \Pail`lon"\,  n.;  pl  {-lions}.  [F.,  fr  paille  straw.] 
  A  thin  leaf  of  metal,  as  for  use  in  gilding  or  enameling,  or 
  to  show  through  a  translucent  medium. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  most  powerful  of  all  carnivorous  animals.  Although  not  now 
  found  in  Palestine,  they  must  have  been  in  ancient  times  very 
  numerous  there  They  had  their  lairs  in  the  forests  (Jer.  5:6; 
  12:8;  Amos  3:4),  in  the  caves  of  the  mountains  (Cant.  4:8;  Nah. 
  2:12),  and  in  the  canebrakes  on  the  banks  of  the  Jordan  (Jer. 
  49:19;  50:44;  Zech.  11:3). 
  No  fewer  than  at  least  six  different  words  are  used  in  the  Old 
  Testament  for  the  lion.  (1.)  _Gor_  (i.e.,  a  "suckling"),  the 
  lion's  whelp  (Gen.  49:9;  Jer.  51:38,  etc.).  (2.)  _Kephir_  (i.e., 
  "shaggy"),  the  young  lion  (Judg.  14:5;  Job  4:10;  Ps  91:13; 
  104:21),  a  term  which  is  also  used  figuratively  of  cruel  enemies 
  (Ps.  34:10;  35:17;  58:6;  Jer.  2:15).  (3.)  _'Ari_  (i.e.,  the 
  puller"  in  pieces),  denoting  the  lion  in  general,  without 
  reference  to  age  or  sex  (Num.  23:24;  2  Sam.  17:10,  etc.).  (4.) 
  _Shahal_  (the  "roarer"),  the  mature  lion  (Job  4:10;  Ps  91:13; 
  Prov.  26:13;  Hos.  5:14).  (5.)  _Laish_,  so  called  from  its 
  strength  and  bravery  (Job  4:11;  Prov.  30:30;  Isa.  30:6).  The 
  capital  of  Northern  Dan  received  its  name  from  this  word  (6.) 
  _Labi_,  from  a  root  meaning  "to  roar,"  a  grown  lion  or  lioness 
  (Gen.  49:9;  Num.  23:24;  24:9;  Ezek.  19:2;  Nah.  2:11). 
  The  lion  of  Palestine  was  properly  of  the  Asiatic  variety, 
  distinguished  from  the  African  variety,  which  is  larger.  Yet  it 
  not  only  attacked  flocks  in  the  presence  of  the  shepherd,  but 
  also  laid  waste  towns  and  villages  (2  Kings  17:25,  26)  and 
  devoured  men  (1  Kings  13:24,  25).  Shepherds  sometimes 
  single-handed,  encountered  lions  and  slew  them  (1  Sam.  17:34, 
  35;  Amos  3:12).  Samson  seized  a  young  lion  with  his  hands  and 
  "rent  him  as  he  would  have  rent  a  kid"  (Judg.  14:5,  6).  The 
  strength  (Judg.  14:18),  courage  (2  Sam.  17:10),  and  ferocity 
  (Gen.  49:9)  of  the  lion  were  proverbial. 

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