a female tiger.
a woman resembling a tiger, as in fierceness or courage.

1605–15; earlier tigresse < French; see tiger, -ess

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tigress (ˈtaɪɡrɪs)
1.  a female tiger
2.  a fierce, cruel, or wildly passionate woman

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Example sentences
During the several weeks it took to run the tigress down, an abscess paralyzed
  his head and neck.
Suddenly he stopped and pointed at a paw print-a tigress.
The tail of the agonized reptile flung wildly in the air and flapped on the
  arched back of the imperturbable tigress.
Suddenly-emerging from the red-gold haze of dust and misted light-a tigress
  ambles into view.
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