Cave lion
Cave Cave (k[=a]v), n. [F. cave, L. cavus hollow, whence cavea cavity. Cf. {Cage}.] 1. A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial; a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den. [1913 Webster]

2. Any hollow place, or part; a cavity. [Obs.] ``The cave of the ear.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eng. Politics) A coalition or group of seceders from a political party, as from the Liberal party in England in 1866. See {Adullam}, {Cave of}, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Cave bear} (Zo["o]l.), a very large fossil bear ({Ursus spel[ae]us}) similar to the grizzly bear, but large; common in European caves.

{Cave dweller}, a savage of prehistoric times whose dwelling place was a cave. --Tylor.

{Cave hyena} (Zo["o]l.), a fossil hyena found abundanty in British caves, now usually regarded as a large variety of the living African spotted hyena.

{Cave lion} (Zo["o]l.), a fossil lion found in the caves of Europe, believed to be a large variety of the African lion.

{Bone cave}. See under {Bone}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cave — (k[=a]v), n. [F. cave, L. cavus hollow, whence cavea cavity. Cf. {Cage}.] 1. A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial; a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den. [1913 Webster] 2. Any hollow place, or part; a cavity. [Obs.] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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