raion means "Lion" in English.
It's a katakanization, a loan-word.

  • raion is the normal Japanese word for lion, while shishi is what the Chinese called the animal they had heard about in legends. Before knowing what a lion actually was, they had an idea of how a lion looked like from stories. So when they met animals that fit the description of a lion, they assumed they were lions, shishi, even when they weren't. Which is why shishi can refer to some things that aren't lions.[1]
raion is normally written with katakana, as ライオン.
raion written with hiragana is らいおん.
raion does not have kanji.
Romaji ra i o n


Scientific name: Panthera leo.