Little lioness (diminutive); lioness-like

Yelevyth

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Hi there! I'm planning on naming a character in a game that I play "little lioness" using a diminutive. I believe that leaenula would work, but its a bit long. Does leae, a supposed poetic variation for leaena, have any basis in recorded Latin? If so, could I use leula, or am I better off sticking with leaenula?

How about "lioness-like"? I am aware that leonina, being the feminine form of leoninus, would work, but this name is already taken in-game. Would leanina work instead?

Edit: after some further research, I believe the correct form for "little lioness" using leae would be leola, which is also taken by someone else in the game. My second question still remains though!

Thank you for your help! :)
 
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Iáson

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exstat quoque 'leunculus' (-> leuncula?) sed modo in Bibliā Vulgātā.

nōminātīvus cāsus est potius 'lea'. ut Ouidius in Metamorphōsium 4:

ut lea saeva sitim multā conpescuit undā...


exstat nōmen philosophae cuiiusdam 'Leontium' (f.) quod idem significat.
 

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Yelevyth

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exstat quoque 'leunculus' (-> leuncula?) sed modo in Bibliā Vulgātā.


nōminātīvus cāsus est potius 'lea'. ut Ouidius in Metamorphōsium 4:

ut lea saeva sitim multā conpescuit undā...

exstat nōmen philosophae cuiiusdam 'Leontium' (f.) quod idem significat.
Thank you for the response! Those are all great options. As a follow up question, how would the suffix -inus/-ina attach to lea? Would it be leanina or lenina?
 

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I suppose the diminutive would be leaenula.
 

Iáson

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As a follow up question, how would the suffix -inus/-ina attach to lea? Would it be leanina or lenina?
-nīnus nōn ūsurpārī potest, quia modo additur ad -n:
agn-us -> agnīnus
asin-us -> asinīnus
min-a -> minīnus
fēmin-a -> fēminīnus
Antōn-ius -> antōnīnus
Fescenn-ia -> Fescennīnus
can-is -> canīnus
flāmen, flāmin-is -> Flāminīnus
hirundō, hirundin-is -> hirundinīnus
pāuō, pāuōn-is -> pāuōnīnus
leō, leōn-is -> leōnīnus
...

'lea' nōn habet 'n' īn fīne uerbī.

balneum -> balneārius, oleum -> oleārius, ergō lea -> leārius(?).
hoc in mediā aetāte inuenītur... semel.
 
 

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I found this in Lewis & Short for lĕuncŭlus
II Regum 10: 20 et duodecim leunculi stantes super sex gradus
1Par 28:17 et leunculos aureos pro qualitate mensurae pondus distribuit in leunculum et leunculum similiter

It could unfortunately be confused with lēnuncŭlus, which L&S translates as a young go-between ;)
 
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