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leonine

[lee-uh-nahyn] /ˈli əˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the lion.
2.
resembling or suggestive of a lion.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to Leo, especially Leo IV or Leo XIII.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English leonyn < Latin leōnīnus lionlike, equivalent to leōn- (stem of leō lion) + -īnus -ine1
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  • His style is donnish-tweed jacket, rumpled trousers, shock of gray hair-but his aura is leonine.
  • They all evolved from a single ancestor, probably in a bid to confuse the leonine immune system.
British Dictionary definitions for leonine

leonine

/ˈliːəˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or resembling a lion
Word Origin
C14: from Latin leōnīnus, from leō lion

Leonine

/ˈliːəˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
connected with one of the popes called Leo
2.
Leonine City, a district of Rome on the right bank of the Tiber fortified by Pope Leo IV
3.
of or relating to certain prayers in the Mass prescribed by Pope Leo XIII
noun
4.
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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Word Origin and History for leonine
adj.

"lion-like," late 14c., from Old French leonin or directly from Latin leoninus "belonging to or resembling a lion," from leo (genitive leonis) "lion." Weekley thinks that Leonine verse (1650s), rhymed in the middle as well as the end of the line, probably is from the name of some medieval poet, perhaps Leo, Canon of St. Victor, Paris, 12c.

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leonine in Medicine

leonine le·o·nine (lē'ə-nīn)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion.

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