li·​on·​ess | \ ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio) \

Definition of lioness

: a female lion

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Simba is being trained to take over his father's kingship when Mufasa passes and is betrothed to a lioness named Nala. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that Luna, a white African lioness, made her debut last week at the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler. Fox News, "Endangered white lion cub on display at Texas sanctuary," 16 July 2018 Ashurbanipal collected animals from all over his empire, and there is a diverting relief sculpture of a lioness relaxing with a lion in a delightful garden. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018 One, a small lioness, was found by the customs brigade in a cage in a garage in the southern French port city of Marseille . John Leicester, The Seattle Times, "Causing an uproar: Lion-car combo the latest in selfie bling," 14 Nov. 2018 Photos published by local media showed the white lioness with bloody paws and mouth, roaming in the home’s backyard near a swimming pool. Mark Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Lion attacks owner in Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez," 9 Oct. 2018 The lioness ran more than a mile before coming across the woman and her friend who were taking photographs outside of their vehicle. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Lion Kills 22-Year-Old Woman at South African Sanctuary Run by the 'Lion Whisperer'," 1 Mar. 2018 Experts believe that these lionesses have elevated levels of testosterone, which drives the development of manes in males, according to Karin Bruillard of the Washington Post. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Bridget the Bearded Lioness Has Died at the Oklahoma City Zoo," 5 Apr. 2018 The group, this a pack of hyenas on a single lioness, has brought her down. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Look at these idiots around Danica Patrick," 23 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lioness

: a female lion


li·​on·​ess | \ ˈlī-ə-nəs How to pronounce lioness (audio) \

Kids Definition of lioness

: a female lion

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