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Were did the lion get its name?

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The lion's name, similar in many Romance languages, is derived from the Latin leo; and the Ancient Greek ???? (leon). The Hebrew word ?????? (lavi) may also be related. It was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus, who gave it the name Felis leo, in his eighteenth century work, Systema Naturae.

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