λέων

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Λίθινος τῆς Δήλου λέων

Etymology[edit]

Many ancient languages possessed similar words for lion, including Akkadian 𒌨 (labbu) (reconstructed to Proto-Semitic *labiʾ-). It is unclear who borrowed the word from whom, though the ultimate source is likely not Indo-European.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

λέων (léōn) (genitive λέοντος) m, third declension

  1. lion
    πολλοὶ μὲν γὰρ λέουσι τῶν ἀνδρῶν εἴξασι καὶ Κενταύροις καὶ τοιούτοισιν ἑτέροις (Plato, Polit. 291.a.9)
  2. One having the characteristics of a lion (positive or negative): savage, noble, brave.

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Usage notes[edit]

Alternative forms of the dative plural include λείουσι (late Epic) and λεόντεσσι.

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Greek[edit]

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Noun[edit]

λέων (léonm (plural λέοντες)

  1. Katharevousa form of λιοντάρι (liontári, lion, brave man)