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Word of the day: Leonine

Leonine

[LEE-ə-niyn]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Middle English, 1350s

Of or resembling a lion or lions.

Examples of leonine in a sentence

"The leonine habitat was one of the top attractions at the zoo."

"The actor’s leonine face made him a popular choice for charming villains."

 About Leonine

While we're using "leonine" as an adjective referencing lions, it can also be used as a capital "L" adjective. "Leonine" means "relating to one of the popes named Leo, especially Leo IV and the part of Rome that he fortified."

Did you Know?

The word "leonine" might bring to mind the iconic image of a maned, male lion, but the female lions are the stars of the show in the wild. The core of a pride (a group of lions) are the females of the group, who are largely responsible for securing most of the food, raising offspring, and guarding territory.

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