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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin leo, from Greek leon

lion

noun
     
lion
li‧on [countable]
1HBA a large animal of the cat family that lives in Africa and parts of southern Asia. Lions have gold-coloured fur and the male has a mane (=long hair around its neck) [↪ lioness]
2

the lion's share (of something)

the largest part of something:
The firm has captured the lion's share of the UK market.
3

the lion's den

if you go into the lion's den, you go among people who are your enemies
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