The tyger does not look much like a real tiger. Its body is like the body of a wolf. It has the tail of a lion and a thick mane along the neck like a horse. It has large, powerful jaws and a pointed snout. The "natural" colour was in Medieval times said to be speckled, later red.
It is supposed to have its home in Hyrcania in Persia and its swiftness is supposed to have given its name to "tygris", the Persian word for "arrow", and to the swift River Tigris. If pursued by a tyger, it was supposed to be possible to get away from it by leaving a mirror, which would perplex the tyger.
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