Leonine verse

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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:
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Usage

In literature:

Some suppose that "Leonine verses" were invented shortly afterwards by Pope Leo II.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
They are written in leonine verse.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
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