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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Definitions for lupine

  1. Savage; ravenous; predatory.
  2. Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
  3. Any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family.

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Citations for lupine
He has a lupine, dare-all energy to his performance; lying fires him. J. Tatham, "There Will Be Blood - A Review," Movie Waffle (blog), March 2008.
Thin as a whippet, she had later reported to her husband, with something canine, or rather lupine, in the face as well, the heavy-lidded eyes intelligent and watchful and pale. Michael Chabon, The final solution: a story of detection
Origin of lupine
1350-1400
Lupine derives from the Latin lupinus, "of the wolf." The relation between the animal, savagery, and the plant of the same name is unclear.