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[lee-uh-nid] /ˈli ə nɪd/
noun, plural Leonids, Leonides
[lee-on-i-deez] /liˈɒn ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
any of a shower of meteors occurring around November 15 and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo.
Origin of Leonid
1875-80; < New Latin Leonidēs, equivalent to Latin Leōn- (stem of Leō) Leo + -idēs -id1 Unabridged
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  • Leonid Plekhanov stared at his second in command, wet his thick lips.

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  • "Leonid Plekhanov is no longer with us," Chessman said dourly.

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  • And there was even Leonid Shvernik and some of the others of the underground.

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  • Leonid Andreyev is the youngest and at the present time the most powerful dramatist of Russia.

  • Preparations are already making for a more complete observation of the Leonid meteoric shower expected in 1899.

  • Amschel Mayer and Leonid Plekhanov were the center of the fracas and right now were at it hot and heavy.

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British Dictionary definitions for Leonid


noun (pl) Leonids, Leonides (lɪˈɒnɪˌdiːz)
any member of a meteor shower that is usually insignificant, but more spectacular every 33 years, and occurs annually in mid-November, appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Leōnidēs, from leō lion
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