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lupine

2 [loo-pahyn]
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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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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