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lu·pine 1

also lu·pin  (lo͞o′pən)
Any of numerous plants of the genus Lupinus of the pea family, having palmately compound leaves and colorful flowers grouped in spikes or racemes. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals and others for their edible seeds.

[Middle English, from Old French lupin, from Latin lupīnum, from neuter of lupīnus, wolflike; see lupine2.]

lu·pine 2

1. Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
2. Rapacious; ravenous.

[French, from Latin lupīnus, from lupus, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈluːpɪn) or


(Plants) any leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, of North America, Europe, and Africa, with large spikes of brightly coloured flowers and flattened pods
[C14: from Latin lupīnus wolfish (see lupine); from the belief that the plant ravenously exhausted the soil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - any plant of the genus Lupinuslupin - any plant of the genus Lupinus; bearing erect spikes of usually purplish-blue flowers
genus Lupinus, Lupinus - herbs or shrubs: lupin
Egyptian lupine, field lupine, Lupinus albus, white lupine, wolf bean - white-flowered Eurasian herb widely cultivated for forage and erosion control
Lupinus luteus, yellow lupine - yellow-flowered European lupine cultivated for forage
bluebonnet, buffalo clover, Lupinus subcarnosus, Texas bluebonnet - low-growing annual herb of southwestern United States (Texas) having silky foliage and blue flowers; a leading cause of livestock poisoning in the southwestern United States
Lupinus texensis, Texas bluebonnet - closely resembles Lupinus subcarnosus; southwestern United States (Texas)
ligneous plant, woody plant - a plant having hard lignified tissues or woody parts especially stems


[ˈluːpɪn] Naltramuz m, lupino m


[ˈluːpɪn] nlupin m


, (US) lupine
nLupine f


lupine (Am) [ˈluːpɪn] nlupino
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The overall winner of the show, the Laurent-Perrier garden, had lots of yellow lupins - Lupinus 'Chandelier' - planted to great effect among a field of Orlaya, those lovely white flowers a bit like lace-cap hydrangeas.