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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

lupine

\LOO-pahyn\ , adjective;
1.
Savage; ravenous; predatory.
2.
Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
noun:
1.
Any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family.
Quotes:
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:
Lupine derives from the Latin lupinus, "of the wolf." The relation between the animal, savagery, and the plant of the same name is unclear.
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