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noun Roman Legend.
  1. a slave who was spared in the arena by a lion from whose foot he had long before extracted a thorn.
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Also An·dro·clus [an-druh-kluh s] /ˈæn drə kləs/.
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Examples from the Web for androcles

Historical Examples of androcles

  • The lion gave a bound, and came within five yards of Androcles.

    The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two

    Prince Sarath Ghosh

  • 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.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • But when it came out of its cage and got near Androcles, what do you think it did?

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • Androcles returned at Rome the civilities which he had received from him in the deserts of Afric.

British Dictionary definitions for androcles


Androclus (ˈændrəkləs)

  1. (in Roman legend) a slave whose life was spared in the arena by a lion from whose paw he had once extracted a thorn
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