AskDefine | Define leonine

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leonine adj : of or characteristic of or resembling a lion

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English

Etymology

Latin leōnīnus 'of a lion; lion-like'.

Adjective

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lion.
    His leonine face scared the young children.

Quotations

  • 1887: He [Landor] was a man of somewhat leonine aspect as regards the general appearance and expression of the head and face, which accorded well with the large and massive build of the figure, and to which a superbly curling white beard added not only picturesqueness, but a certain nobility. — Thomas Adolphus Trollope, What I Remember, Volume 2, Chapter XIV.
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