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λέων

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Ancient Greek

Etymology

Many ancient languages possessed similar words for lion, including Hebrew (*לבא, found only in the plural לבאים) and Coptic. It is unclear as to who borrowed the word from whom.

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [léɔːn]
  • (Koine): IPA: [lˈɛo̞ːn]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [lˈeon]

Noun

λέων (genitive λέοντος) m, third declension; (leōn)

  1. lion
    πολλοὶ μὲν γὰρ λέουσι τῶν ἀνδρῶν εἴξασι καὶ Κενταύροις καὶ τοιούτοισιν ἑτέροις (Plato, Polit. 291.a.9)
  2. One having the characteristics of a lion (positive or negative): savage, noble, brave.

Inflection

Usage notes

Alternative forms of the dative plural include λείουσι (late Epic) and λεόντεσσι.

Descendants

References

Strong’s concordance number: G3023


Greek

Alternative forms

Noun

λέων m. (léon)   (plural  λέοντες (léontes))

  1. (Katharevousa) , lion
  2. a brave man

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