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Le lion noire?

Why is it that noire applies to a masculine noun (lion)? It sounded like le lion noire in the reading, so I typed it in. I also have a screen capture. Can anyone explain why the noire here is correct?

October 21, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/obitow

Just remember to always report these errors you find. ;) Duolingo is awesome, but isn't perfect.

October 22, 2012

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@CeluKiDort - I found it accepted le lion noire as an appropriate answer for a black lion. It should be le lion noir.

October 22, 2012

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I agree, why then would Duolingo accept le lion noire? Shouldn't the noir be masculine since lion is a masculine noun?

October 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/CercaTrova

Because of this fact that I had stated above. It's an exception to the rule.

October 21, 2012

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Oh I see, an exception to the rule, you hadn't mentioned it previously.

October 22, 2012

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I tried practicing my vocabulary again, and this time - "lion noir" appears without the "e"

October 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/CeluiKiDort

Un lion noir (M/M), une lionne noire (F/F) : no exception to the rule here!

October 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/rafaelh.souza

I think it should be "le lion noir". "noir" and "noire" have the same pronunciation.

October 22, 2012

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@obitow, just posted feedback to them. Let's see what they say.

October 22, 2012
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