leonine


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le·o·nine

 (lē′ə-nīn′)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion.
2. Resembling or suggestive of a lion, as in being powerful or dignified.

[Middle English, from Old French leonin, from Latin leōnīnus, from leō, leōn-, lion; see lion.]

leonine

(ˈliːəˌnaɪn)
adj
(Zoology) of, characteristic of, or resembling a lion
[C14: from Latin leōnīnus, from leō lion]

Leonine

(ˈliːəˌnaɪn)
adj
1. (Roman Catholic Church) connected with one of the popes called Leo
2. (Placename) Leonine City a district of Rome on the right bank of the Tiber fortified by Pope Leo IV
3. (Roman Catholic Church) of or relating to certain prayers in the Mass prescribed by Pope Leo XIII
n
(Poetry)
a. a type of medieval hexameter or elegiac verse having internal rhyme
b. a type of English verse with internal rhyme

le•o•nine

(ˈli əˌnaɪn)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to a lion.
2. resembling or suggestiveof a lion.
3. (cap.) of or pertaining to any of the popes named Leo.
[1350–1400; Middle English leonyn < Latin leōnīnus lionlike =leō lion + -īnus -ine1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.leonine - of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
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leonine

[ˈliːənaɪn] ADJleonino

leonine

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References in classic literature ?
Leonine verses are so called in honor of a poet named Leo, whom prosodists appear to find a pleasure in believing to have been the first to discover that a rhyming couplet could be run into a single line.
In fear perhaps before a Furious, yellow, blond and curled Leonine monster?
In one of the two, Archer, to his surprise, recognised Ned Winsett; the other and older, who was unknown to him, and whose gigantic frame declared him to be the wearer of the "Macfarlane," had a feebly leonine head with crumpled grey hair, and moved his arms with large pawing gestures, as though he were distributing lay blessings to a kneeling multitude.
It is there that I, intent on my own investigations, have passed and re-passed a hundred times the worn leonine face, white as the snow beneath him, furrowed with wrinkles like the seams and gashes upon the North Cape; the nervous hand, integrally a part of the mechanism of his flighter; and above all, the wonderful lambent eyes turned to the zenith.
As the bearers, among whom was Anna Mikhaylovna, passed the young man he caught a momentary glimpse between their heads and backs of the dying man's high, stout, uncovered chest and powerful shoulders, raised by those who were holding him under the armpits, and of his gray, curly, leonine head.
And he was so fine to look at, with his broad mailed shoulders, and the grand leonine set of his plumed head, and his big shield with its quaint device of a gauntleted hand clutch- ing a prophylactic tooth-brush, with motto: "Try Noyoudont." This was a tooth-wash that I was introducing.
She thought she noted an air of submission about her leonine Pete.
The father lifted his leonine head, looked at the son a moment in silence, and replied: "Well, go, sir, and, whatever may occur, do what you conceive to be your duty.
Daughtry did not savvee, and shook his head, while Ah Moy's slant eyes betrayed none of the anxiety and fear with which he privily gazed on Kwaque's two permanently bent fingers of the left hand and on Kwaque's forehead, between the eyes, where the skin appeared a shade darker, a trifle thicker, and was marked by the first beginning of three short vertical lines or creases that were already giving him the lion-like appearance, the leonine face so named by the experts and technicians of the fell disease.
But he had an agreeable confidence that his faults were all of a generous kind--impetuous, warm- blooded, leonine; never crawling, crafty, reptilian.
Despite the almost aggressive touch of luxury in the fur coat, it soon became apparent that Sir Walter's large leonine head was for use as well as ornament, and he considered the matter soberly and sanely enough.
He would have looked merely blonde and leonine, but his blue eyes were sunk so deep in his face that they looked black.