Asiatic lion

noun

Definition of Asiatic lion

:a lion of a subspecies (Panthera leo persica) found in western India that is slightly smaller than the lion of Africa
  • Asiatic lions tend to be grayer, have longer tufts of hair on their elbows and often a fringe of hair along their bellies, found there is a fold of skin seldom found in African lions.
  • —Peter JacksonInternational WildlifeJanuary/February 1983
  • Only 200 Asiatic lions are left in the wild, and all are concentrated in the Gir Forest northwest of Bombay.
  • —Arnie WeissmannLos Angeles Times16 Mar. 1986

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First Known Use of asiatic lion

1805


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