li·​on·​ess | \ˈlī-ə-nəs \

Definition of lioness 

: a female lion

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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 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of lioness

: a female lion

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