Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday August 24, 2010
1. Savage; ravenous; predatory.
2. Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
1. Any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family.
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
Lupine derives from the Latin lupinus, "of the wolf." The relation between the animal, savagery, and the plant of the same name is unclear.