Androcles



a slave who was spared in the arena by a lion from whose foot he had long before extracted a thorn.
Historical Examples

It was the lion Androcles had met in the desert, and the grateful animal would not rend his benefactor.
Natural History in Anecdote Various

But when it came out of its cage and got near Androcles, what do you think it did?
Europa’s Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs

A Slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest.
Children’s Literature Charles Madison Curry

Yes; I’ll tell you Androcles and the Lion; you always like that.
Mildred Keith Martha Finley

The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena.
Children’s Literature Charles Madison Curry

Said to have been f. by Amazons, or by Androcles, son of Codrus.
A Literary and Historical Atlas of Asia J. G. Bartholomew

She waited for them to look abashed and vacant, so that she might suggest “Androcles.”
Main Street Sinclair Lewis

Androcles extracted the thorn, and won the animal’s gratitude.
Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, No.690 Various

But the story of Androcles was a favourite with the bear whose adventures I am about to relate.
Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)

One of these had performed with Lorenzo in the spectacle of Androcles.
Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, No.690 Various

noun
(in Roman legend) a slave whose life was spared in the arena by a lion from whose paw he had once extracted a thorn

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