- the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
- Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.
Origin of mane
Examples from the Web for maneless
It is apparently a popular delusion to speak of the Maneless Lion of Guzerat.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
The maneless Mexican Lion (the puma) roams through the upper regions of the forest, where he has almost undisputed hunting-ground.
I could not see that he had a mane; if he had not, then even the maneless variety can use their tongues.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
Once we drove off a maneless lion and lioness from a dead buffalo, which had been in the last stage of a decline.
The native reports of a maneless lion in Lycia (arslan) are probably based on the existence of large panthers.
- the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
- long thick human hair
Word Origin and History for maneless
Old English manu "mane," from Proto-Germanic *mano (cf. Old Norse mön, Old Frisian mana, Middle Dutch mane, Dutch manen, Old High German mana, German Mähne "mane"), from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" (cf. Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Old English mene "necklace," Latin monile "necklace," Welsh mwng "mane," Old Church Slavonic monisto, Old Irish muin "neck").