[Fr., from L. leo.] 1 he largest representative of the Felidce or Cat family. Its distinctive features are the large size of its head ; the great mane, which covers the head, neck, and shoulders of the males ; the uniform tawny color of the skin, without spots or stripes; and the tuft at the extremity of the tail. It attains its full growth when about seven or eight years old, and a male lion of the largest size will then measure about 8 feet, and the tail about 4 feet. The lioness is smaller, and has no mane. Lions are found in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Their lurking place is near a spring or by the side of a river, where, concealed among the brushwood, they wait for the animals coming to drink. They hide away in the daytime, and prowl about in the evening and early morning, and sometimes all night long, their eyes being better adapted for the night and twilight than for the day. They feed on antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and wild cattle, and sometimes carry off horses, sheep, and other domestic animals.