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leonine


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Leonine  \Le"o*nine\  (l[=e]"[-o]*n[imac]n),  a.  [L.  leoninus  fr 
  leo,  leonis,  lion:  cf  F.  l['e]onin.  See  {Lion}.] 
  Pertaining  to  or  characteristic  of  the  lion;  as  a  leonine 
  look  leonine  rapacity.  --  {Le"o*nine*ly},  adv 
 
  {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: 
 
  Gloria  factorum  temere  conceditur  horum. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  leonine 
  adj  :  of  or  characteristic  of  or  resembling  a  lion 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LEONINE,  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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