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Webster 1913 Edition


Leonine

Le′o-nine

(lē′ō̍-nīn)
,
Adj.
[L.
leoninus
, fr.
leo
,
leonis
, lion: cf. F.
léonin
. See
Lion
.]
Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion;
as, a
leonine
look;
leonine
rapacity.
Le′o-nine-ly
,
adv.
Leonine verse
,
a kind of verse, in which the end of the line rhymes with the middle; – so named from
Leo
, or
Leoninus
, a Benedictine and canon of Paris in the twelfth century, who wrote largely in this measure, though he was not the inventor. The following line is an example:
Gloria factorum temere conceditur horum.

Webster 1828 Edition


Leonine

LE'ONINE

,
Adj.
[L. leoninus, from leo, lion.] Belonging to a lion; resembling a lion, or partaking of his qualities; as leonine fierceness or rapacity.
Leonine verses, so named from Leo, the inventor, are those, the end of which rhymes with the middle; as,
Gloria factorum temere conceditur horum.

Definition 2022


leonine

leonine

See also: léonine

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

leonine (comparative more leonine, superlative most leonine)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lion.
    His leonine face scared the young children.
    • 1887, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, What I Remember, Volume 2, chapter XIV (ebook):
      He [Landor] was a man of somewhat leonine aspect as regards the general appearance and expression of the head and face, which accorded well with the large and massive build of the figure, and to which a superbly curling white beard added not only picturesqueness, but a certain nobility.

Translations

Noun

leonine (plural leonines)

  1. (numismatics, historical) A 13th-century coin minted in Europe and used in England as a debased form of the sterling silver penny, outlawed under Edward I.

Italian

Adjective

leonine

  1. feminine plural of leonino

Latin

Adjective

leōnīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of leōnīnus