li·​ger ˈlī-gər How to pronounce liger (audio)
: a hybrid between a male lion and a female tiger

Examples of liger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many have happened serendipitously in captivity, such as the liger, the massive offspring of a male lion and female tiger. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 While most hybrid species survive into adulthood, some hybrid species like mules are infertile and others, like the liger—a mix between a lion and a tiger—are fertile. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 Like other hybrids in the animal kingdom, such as the mule or the liger, the kunga was sterile. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 Such creative efforts have begotten — with no small amount of objection from animal welfare activists — hybrid animals like the beefalo, liger, even the grolar bear (half-grizzly, half-polar bear). Alexandra Marvar, Star Tribune, 28 July 2020 About Killing Them This might be the biggest reveal: the man known as the Tiger King is actually afraid of tigers, lions, and ligers. Shannon Carlin,, 14 Apr. 2020 Spears, 38, opened the song inside a cage with Antle and the liger (a hybrid of a tiger mother and lion father), then stormed the stage to dance with a live python. Robyn Merrett,, 2 Apr. 2020 The Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park, known as the G.W. Zoo, became populated by a growing number of exotic animals as Joe Exotic acquired tigers, lions, ligers and more. Mahita Gajanan, Time, 20 Mar. 2020 After discovering the liger is actually real (and not just a made-up animal from Napoleon Dynamite), WD was curious about other unconventional mixes. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, 21 Sep. 2010

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Word History


blend of lion and tiger

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liger was in 1924

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“Liger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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