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The Frenchman's leonine countenance took on a hostile expression.

But with beer to be gained by boldness, Ichabod was leonine in courage.

In the leonine eyes looking into hers gleamed the light of admiration and approval.

But here Leonine interrupted her with desiring her to say her prayers.

You agree with me, I suspect, that she is—or was—leonine, terrific.

And the first is a Leonine Monster, and for its authority he quotes Rondeletius.

But she too soon compared the bloated, heavy, leonine man with Charny.

And he is such a bull-dog; I did wrong to dignify him by the leonine simile.

"Nein," was his reply, with a shrug of the leonine shoulders.

He was a poor, crippled man, with enormous vitality and a leonine head.

WORD ORIGIN

"lion-like," late 14c., from Old French leonin or directly from Latin leoninus "belonging to or resembling a lion," from leo (genitive leonis) "lion." Weekley thinks that Leonine verse (1650s), rhymed in the middle as well as the end of the line, probably is from the name of some medieval poet, perhaps Leo, Canon of St. Victor, Paris, 12c.

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