leonine

adjective le·o·nine \ ˈlē-ə-ˌnīn \

Definition of leonine

:of, relating to, suggestive of, or resembling a lion

Examples of leonine in a Sentence

  1. 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


LEONINE Defined for English Language Learners

leonine

adjective

Definition of leonine for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or resembling a lion


Medical Dictionary

leonine

adjective le·o·nine \ ˈlē-ə-ˌnīn \

medical Definition of leonine

:of or relating to leprotic leontiasis

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