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Nemean Lion  (NEE-mee-un or nee-MEE-un)

Preternatural beast with an impenetrable pelt, nevertheless vanquished and carried to Mycenae by Heracles as one of his Labors. These Labors were assigned Heracles by his cousin Eurystheus, who hid in a storage jar when he saw the great hero coming with the lion on his shoulder.
Hercules, who vanquished the Nemean lion by blocking up one end of its cave, entering from the other and strangling it with his bare hands. (zoom)