Origin of leonineMiddle English from Old French leonin from Classical Latin leoninus from leo, lion
This womans hair could be described as leonine.
An example of a leonine person is a person with a big mane of fluffy hair.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion.
- Resembling or suggestive of a lion, as in being powerful or dignified.
Origin of leonineMiddle English from Old French leonin from Latin leōnīnus from leō leōn- lion ; see lion .
(comparative more leonine, superlative most leonine)
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lion.
- His leonine face scared the young children.
Latin leÅnÄ«nus 'of a lion; lion-like'.
- The Greeks equated Ubasti with their Artemis, confusing her with the leonine Tafne, sister of Shoou (Apollo).
- In the later series of Western rituals, beginning with that which is known as the Leonine Sacramentary, this practice is almost universal.
- He wrote, with papal approval, the letter requesting the Italians to occupy the Leonine city, and obtained from the Italians payment of the Peter's pence (5,000,000 lire) remaining in the papal exchequer, as well as 50,000 scudi - the first and only instalment of the Italian allowance (subsequently fixed by the Law of Guarantees, March 21, 1871) ever accepted by the Holy See.
- In the same century the monastery of Gandersheim, south of Hanover, was the retreat of the learned nun Hroswitha, who celebrated the exploits of Otho in leonine hexameters, and composed in prose six moral and religious plays in imitation of Terence.
- The Roman books are silent, and there is no mention of it in the collection known as the Leonine Sacramentary; while in the so-called Gelasian Massbook, which, as we have it, is full of Gallican additions made to St Gregory's reform, there is the same silence, though in one MS. of the 10th century given by Muratori we find a form for the ordination of an acolyte.