Definition of liger in US English:



  • The hybrid offspring of a male lion and a tigress.

    Compare with tigon
    • ‘You learn what it's like to feed llamas, what a liger is (it's a cross between a lion and a tiger - totally sweet), the best way to ask out the hot girl in your class, and the best strategies for running for class president.’
    • ‘A hybrid from a male lion and a female tiger is called a liger while a hybrid from a male tiger and a female lion is a tigon.’
    • ‘Even when crossbreeding creates a viable hybrid, the offspring often inherits multiple copies of each parents' chromosomes, or sets of genes (see photos of ligers, hybrids of lions and tigers).’
    • ‘We know that tigers and lions can produce hybrids called tigons and ligers, so it is likely that they are descended from the same original kind.’
    • ‘The drive-through wildlife park is believed to have the country's largest concentration of ligers, housing ten of the massive cats.’


1930s: blend of lion and tiger.