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Definition of Leonine

  LEONINE   adjective
Unlike a menagerie lion.  Leonine verses are those in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end, as in this famous passage from Bella Peeler Silcox:
  The electric light invades the dunnest deep of Hades.
  Cries Pluto, 'twixt his snores:  'O tempora! O mores!'
  It should be explained that Mrs. Silcox does not undertake to teach pronunciation of the Greek and Latin tongues.  Leonine verses are so called in honor of a poet named Leo, whom prosodists appear to find a pleasure in believing to have been the first to discover that a rhyming couplet could be run into a single line.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
adj. & n. --adj. of Pope Leo; made or invented by Pope Leo. --n. (in pl.) leonine verse. °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 with internal rhyme. 2 English verse with internal rhyme. [the name Leo (as LEONINE)]

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