Le"o*nine (?), a. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. l'eonin. See Lion.]
Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine repacity.
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.
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