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lioness

[lahy-uh-nis]
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noun
  1. a female lion.
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Origin of lioness

1250–1300; Middle English liones, leonesse < Middle French lion(n)esse. See lion, -ess
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lioness

noun
  1. a female lion
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Word Origin and History for lioness

n.

c.1300, leoness, from lion + -ess.

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