- a slave who was spared in the arena by a lion from whose foot he had long before extracted a thorn.
Examples from the Web for androcles
Historical Examples of androcles
The lion gave a bound, and came within five yards of Androcles.
And Androcles looked up to the Romans, and found no mercy in them.
It was of course the lion which Androcles had met in the forest.
But when it came out of its cage and got near Androcles, what do you think it did?
Androcles returned at Rome the civilities which he had received from him in the deserts of Afric.Heads and Tales
- (in Roman legend) a slave whose life was spared in the arena by a lion from whose paw he had once extracted a thorn