a female lion.

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

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, leoness, from lion + -ess.
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Example sentences
The first to venture forth was the monkey who persuaded the lioness to forget her vows of fidelity.
But to the lioness of all media, that kind of reaction is catnip.
The best shot in the entire film is a breath-taking glimpse of a lioness streaking across a water hole toward an antelope.
This lioness is described as white, with turquoise tipped fur.
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