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Adjective, Noun


leoninea. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. léonin. See Lion.].
     Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine rapacity.  [1913 Webster]
    "Gloria factorum temere conceditur horum."  [1913 Webster]
Leonine verse, a kind of verse, in which the end of the line rhymes with the middle; -- so named from Leo, or Leoninus, a Benedictine and canon of Paris in the twelfth century, who wrote largely in this measure, though he was not the inventor. The following line is an example:


leonine, adj. & n.
--adj. of Pope Leo; made or invented by Pope Leo.
--n. (in pl.) leonine verse.

Leonine City the part of Rome round the Vatican fortified by Pope Leo IV. leonine verse 1 medieval Latin verse in hexameter or elegiac metre with internal rhyme.
2 English verse with internal rhyme.
the name Leo (as LEONINE)
leonine, adj.
1 like a lion.
2 of or relating to lions.

ME f. OF leonin -ine or L leoninus f. leo leonis lion



adj. Unlike a menagerie lion. Leonine verses are those in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end, as in this famous passage from Bella Peeler Silcox:

The electric light invades the dunnest deep of Hades.
Cries Pluto, 'twixt his snores: "O tempora! O mores!"

It should be explained that Mrs. Silcox does not undertake to teach pronunciation of the Greek and Latin tongues. 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.

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