li·on·ess | \ˈlī-ə-nəs \

Definition of lioness 

: a female lion

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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 Safari-goers have recently been complaining that lionesses, fed up with being photographed in classic leonine poses, are no longer working gratis. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Animals Just Can’t Bear Life Without Copyrights," 26 Apr. 2018 The dead lions, eight of them cubs and the other three adult lionesses, were part of a pride that also included three males. Alexander Braczkowski, National Geographic, "8 Lion Cubs Killed in Suspected Poison Attack," 13 Apr. 2018 The carcasses of 8 cubs and three lionesses, all from the same pride, were found scattered in the fishing village of Hamukungu, in southwest Uganda, last week, according to Uganda's Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. Radina Gigova, CNN, "11 lions are killed in a suspected poison attack, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts," 16 Apr. 2018 Park officials plan to take a tougher stance against cattle grazing in the park and are considering bringing in adult lionesses from another pride to encourage breeding and get the numbers up. Alexander Braczkowski, National Geographic, "8 Lion Cubs Killed in Suspected Poison Attack," 13 Apr. 2018 Just up ahead a lioness and her three cubs wrestled on a log. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "A Family Adventure in the Wild Heart of Tanzania," 2 Apr. 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 \

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: a female lion

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