leonine

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See also: léonine

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈliːənaɪ̯n/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin leōnīnus (lion-like); leo +‎ -ine.

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leonine (comparative more leonine, superlative most leonine)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a 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.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 124:
      He is the birdwatching equivalent of a great hunter, striding along the edge of the swamp with an almost leonine confidence, his large hands gripping his binoculars like a gunslinger wields a Colt 45.
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Noun[edit]

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.

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from Leoninus, a 12th-century canon in Paris, or from Pope Leo II.

Noun[edit]

leonine (plural leonines)

  1. (poetry) A kind of Latin verse, generally alternate hexameter and pentameter, rhyming at the middle and end.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leonine

  1. feminine plural of leonino

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leōnīne

  1. vocative masculine singular of leōnīnus