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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
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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 lupines
lupine
"wolf-like," 1650s, from Fr. lupine "wolf-like," from L. lupinus "of the wolf," from lupus "wolf" (see wolf). The plant name is attested from late 14c., from L. lupinus; but 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.
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lupines in Science
lupine
  (l'pīn')   
Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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