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Examples of leonine in a Sentence
a leonine mane of hair
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Both young and old, Douglass had magnificent, leonine looks.
At the end of Donatella’s tribute the models created a tableau at the foot of the runway, posed like Greek statues in their chain mail dresses, leonine waves of hair cascading down their backs.
An avid collector of leonine objects throughout her life, the designer scattered them throughout her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon.
Louis, a slight Frenchman with jawbone sideburns and a leonine head of curls, would stroll by, comb and scissors in hand, and admonish his glamorous clients to flip their heads over in front of the mirror and shake out their dazzling tresses.
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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.
LEONINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leonine for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or resembling a lion
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