leonine (adj.) "lion-like," late 14c., from O.Fr. leonin or directly from L. leoninus "belonging to or resembling a lion," from leo (gen. leonis) "lion." Weekley thinks that Leonine verse (1650s), rhymed in the middle as well as the end of the line, probably is from the name of some medieval poet, perhaps Leo, Canon of St. Victor, Paris, 12c.

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  • Leonine — Le o*nine (l[=e] [ o]*n[imac]n), a. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. l[ e]onin. See {Lion}.] Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine rapacity. {Le o*nine*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leonine verse}, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • leonine — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or resembling a lion or lions. ORIGIN Latin leoninus, from leo lion …   English terms dictionary

  • leonine — [lē′ə nīn΄] adj. [ME < OFr leonin < L leoninus < leo, LION] of, characteristic of, or like a lion …   English World dictionary

  • léonine — ● léonin, léonine adjectif (latin leoninus, de leo, leonis, lion) Littéraire. Qui est propre au lion, qui rappelle le lion : Une chevelure léonine. Se dit d un partage où quelqu un se réserve la plus grosse part, la part du lion : Un accord de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • leonine — adj. & n. adj. of Pope Leo; made or invented by Pope Leo. n. (in pl.) leonine verse. Phrases and idioms: Leonine City the part of Rome round the Vatican fortified by Pope Leo IV. leonine verse 1 medieval Latin verse in hexameter or elegiac metre… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leonine — [[t]li͟ːənaɪn[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Leonine means like a lion, and is used especially to describe men with a lot of hair on their head, or with big beards. [LITERARY] ...a tall leonine grey haired man …   English dictionary

  • leonine —   a. like a lion.    ♦ leonine partnership, one in which partner bears losses but receives no profits.    ♦ Leonine (verse), n. Latin verse line with internal rhyme …   Dictionary of difficult words

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  • Leonine — [ li:ənʌɪn] adjective 1》 relating to one of the popes named Leo, especially denoting the part of Rome fortified by Leo IV. 2》 Prosody (of medieval Latin verse) in hexameter or elegiac metre with internal rhyme.     ↘(of English verse) with… …   English new terms dictionary

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