Leonine verse
Leonine Le"o*nine (l[=e]"[-o]*n[imac]n), a. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. l['e]onin. See {Lion}.] Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine rapacity. -- {Le"o*nine*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

{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: [1913 Webster]

Gloria factorum temere conceditur horum. [1913 Webster]


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  • Leonine verse — is a type of versification based on internal rhyme, and commonly used in Latin verse of the European Middle Ages. The invention of such conscious rhymes, foreign to Classical Latin poetry, is traditionally attributed to a probably apocryphal monk …   Wikipedia

  • leonine verse — a form of verse, based upon an earlier Latin form, with a rhyme scheme that requires the last word in a line to rhyme with the word just before a caesura or with a word near the middle of the line. * * * ▪ poetry       Latin or French verse in… …   Universalium

  • leonine verse — noun Etymology: probably from French léonin, from Middle French, from Old French 1. : Latin verse in which the last word in the line rhymes with the word just before the middle caesura (as in “gloria factorum temere conceditus horum”) 2. :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leonine — Le o*nine (l[=e] [ o]*n[imac]n), a. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. l[ e]onin. See {Lion}.] Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine rapacity. {Le o*nine*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leonine verse}, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leonine — (adj.) lion like, late 14c., from O.Fr. leonin or directly from L. leoninus belonging to or resembling a lion, from leo (gen. leonis) lion. Weekley thinks that Leonine verse (1650s), rhymed in the middle as well as the end of the line, probably… …   Etymology dictionary

  • leonine — adj. & n. adj. of Pope Leo; made or invented by Pope Leo. n. (in pl.) leonine verse. Phrases and idioms: Leonine City the part of Rome round the Vatican fortified by Pope Leo IV. leonine verse 1 medieval Latin verse in hexameter or elegiac metre… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leonine —   a. like a lion.    ♦ leonine partnership, one in which partner bears losses but receives no profits.    ♦ Leonine (verse), n. Latin verse line with internal rhyme …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Leonine — [ li:ənʌɪn] adjective 1》 relating to one of the popes named Leo, especially denoting the part of Rome fortified by Leo IV. 2》 Prosody (of medieval Latin verse) in hexameter or elegiac metre with internal rhyme.     ↘(of English verse) with… …   English new terms dictionary

  • leonine rhyme — noun Etymology: probably translation of French rime léonine, from Middle French : internal rhyme used in leonine verse …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leoninely — Leonine Le o*nine (l[=e] [ o]*n[imac]n), a. [L. leoninus, fr. leo, leonis, lion: cf. F. l[ e]onin. See {Lion}.] Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the lion; as, a leonine look; leonine rapacity. {Le o*nine*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leonine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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