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lupin

/ˈluːpɪn/
noun
1.
any leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, of North America, Europe, and Africa, with large spikes of brightly coloured flowers and flattened pods
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lupīnus wolfish (see lupine); from the belief that the plant ravenously exhausted the soil
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n.

plant of the genus lupinus, late 14c., from Latin lupinus, name of the plant, noun use of an adjective meaning "of a wolf" (see lupine). The reason for association with the animal is unclear; perhaps it was so called because of a belief that the plants were harmful to soil (cf. lupus).

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