Definition of leonine
: of, relating to, suggestive of, or resembling a lion
Examples of leonine in a sentence
a leonine mane of hair
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Leonine derives from Latin leo, meaning "lion," which in turn comes from Greek lēon. "Lēon" gave us an interesting range of words: "leopard" (which is "lēon" combined with "pardos," a Greek word for a panther-like animal); "dandelion" (which came by way of the Anglo-French phrase dent de lion - literally, "lion's tooth"); and "chameleon" (which uses the combining form from Greek that means "on the ground"); as well as the names "Leon" and "Leonard." But the dancer's and gymnast's leotard is not named for its wearer's cat-like movements. Rather, it was simply named after its inventor, Jules Leotard, a 19th-century French aerial gymnast.
Origin and Etymology of leonine
Middle English, from Latin leoninus, from leon-, leo
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of leonine for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or resembling a lion
Medical Definition of leonine
: of or relating to leprotic leontiasis
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