Word of the Day; 1/22/18

Today’s Word of the Day for January 22nd, 2018, is “leonine.”  Leonine, (LEE-uh-nyne), is an adjective. Its definition is, “of, relating to, suggestive of, resembling a lion.” Did you know Leonine derives from Latin leo, meaning "lion," which in turn comes from Greek leōn? Leōn gave us an interesting range of words: leopard (which derives from leōn combined with pardos, a Greek word for a panther-like animal); dandelion(which came by way of the Anglo-French phrase dent de lion—literally, "lion's tooth"); and chameleon (which combines leōn with the Greek chamai, meaning "on the ground"); as well as the names Leo, Leon, and Leonard. But the dancer and gymnast leotard is not named for its wearer's cat-like movements. Rather, it was simply named after its inventor, Jules Leotard, a 19th-century French aerial gymnast. An example of the words use is, Jamie has a leonine aspect, with a high clear brow and soft curls eddying over his ears and along his collar. Information provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day)