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Tiger

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Ti'ger. n.s. [tigre, Fr. tigris, Latin.] A fierce beast of the leonine kind.

When the blast of war blows in your ear,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
Shakesp. H. V.

Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
The arm'd rhinoceros, or Hyrcanian tiger;
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble.
Shakesp. Macbeth.

This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find
The harm of unskain'd swiftness will, too late,
Tie leaden pounds to's heels.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

Tigris, in the medals of Trajan, is drawn like an old man, and by his side a tiger. Peacham on Drawing.

                Has the steer,
At whose strong chest the deadly tiger hangs,
E'er plow'd for him.
Thomson's Spring.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Tiger." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 23, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8543.


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