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leonine

[ lee-uh-nahyn ]
/ ˈli əˌnaɪn /
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Definition of leonine

adjective
of or relating to the lion: We breathlessly watched the pride, in its leonine majesty, as it moved across the veldt.
resembling or suggestive of a lion: the conductor's wild, leonine hair.
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to Leo, especially Leo IV or Leo XIII.
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Origin of leonine

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English leonyn, from Latin leōnīnus “lionlike,” equivalent to leōn- (stem of leō) + -īnus; see origin at lion,-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for leonine (1 of 2)

leonine
/ (ˈliːəˌnaɪn) /

adjective
of, characteristic of, or resembling a lion

Word Origin for leonine

C14: from Latin leōnīnus, from leō lion

British Dictionary definitions for leonine (2 of 2)

Leonine
/ (ˈliːəˌnaɪn) /

adjective
connected with one of the popes called Leo
Leonine City a district of Rome on the right bank of the Tiber fortified by Pope Leo IV
of or relating to certain prayers in the Mass prescribed by Pope Leo XIII
noun
Also called: Leonine verse
  1. a type of medieval hexameter or elegiac verse having internal rhyme
  2. a type of English verse with internal rhyme
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