lupines

lupine

1 [loo-pin]
noun
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; Middle English < Latin lupīnus, lupīnum, apparently noun use of lupīnus lupine2; compare German wolfsbohne lupine, literally, wolf bean

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lupine (ˈluːpaɪn)
 
adj
of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
 
[C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf]

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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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lupine   (l'pīn')  Pronunciation Key 
Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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