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Lion

(as an agnomen). ALP ARSLAN [the Valiant Lion, son of Togrul Beg, the Perso-Turkish monarch. (Reigned 1063-1072.) ALI was called The Lion of God for his religious zeal and great courage. Hi…

Lions

(The). The lions of a place are sights worth seeing, or the celebrities; so called from the ancient custom of showing strangers, as chief of London sights, the lions at the Tower. The Tower…

Lion and Unicorn

The animosity which existed between these beasts, referred to by Spenser in his Faërie Queene, is allegorical of the animosity which once existed between England and Scotland. Like as …

Lion of the Reformation

(The). Spenser says that while Una was seeking St. George, she sat to rest herself, when a lion rushed suddenly out of a thicket, with gaping mouth and lashing tail; but as he drew near he …

Lion's Provider

A jackal; a foil to another man's wit, a humble friend who plays into your hand to show you to best advantage. The jackal feeds on the lion's leavings, and is supposed to serve the lion in …

Lion's Head

In fountains the water generally is made to issue from the mouth of a lion. This is a very ancient custom. The Egyptians thus symbolised the inundation of the Nile, which happens when the s…

Lion's Mouth

To place one's head in the lion's mouth. To expose oneself needlessly and foolhardily to danger. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Lion's ProviderLion's Head A…

Lion of God

Ali was so called, because of his zeal and his great courage, (602, 655-661.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Lion of St. MarkLion and the True Prince A B …

Lion Tamer

(The). Ellen Bright, who exhibited at Wombwell's menagerie, was so called. She was killed by a tiger in 1880, at the age of seventeen. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Br…

Lion of the Zodiac

One of the signs of the Zodiac (28th of July to the 23rd of August). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Lion's ClawsLion of the Reformation A B C D E F G …