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lupine1

[loo-pin] /ˈlu pɪn/
noun
1.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family, as L. albus (white lupine) of Europe, bearing edible seeds, or L. perennis, of the eastern U.S., having tall, dense clusters of blue, pink, or white flowers.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lupīnus, lupīnum, apparently noun use of lupīnus lupine2; compare German wolfsbohne lupine, literally, wolf bean

lupine2

[loo-pahyn] /ˈlu paɪn/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
2.
related to the wolf.
3.
savage; ravenous; predatory.
Origin
1650-60; < Latin lupīnus of a wolf, equivalent to lup(us) wolf + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the web for lupine
  • The first was that it was a carry-over from dogs' lupine ancestors.
  • In the summer, you may see wildflowers such as spotted coralroot, violets and lupine.
  • The flowers of this lupine are blue or mostly blue, in dense, terminal racemes.
  • Now before red wolves taste freedom, they're given an acclimation period in their own lupine halfway house.
  • Glowering with a lupine ferocity, he is already involved in petty theft and talks continually about making a quick buck.
British Dictionary definitions for lupine

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

lupine

/ˈluːpaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf
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Word Origin and History for lupine
adj.

"wolf-like," 1650s, from French lupine "wolf-like," from Latin lupinus "of the wolf," from lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)).

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lupine in Science
lupine
  (l'pīn')   
Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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