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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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Dropping down through the pungent pines, they passed woods-embowered cottages, quaint and rustic, of artists and writers, and went on across wind-blown rolling sandhills held to place by sturdy lupine and nodding with pale California poppies.
It's beautiful," she acknowledged, with a grateful smile, "but--" She turned and pointed to their packs on the edge of the lupine.
That's when large swaths of lupines and poppies burst into bloom in Catto's garden, for a landscape that looks like it's been painted in brushstrokes.
And lupines, lately, have had a very hard time, withering fast in the too-hot summers that climate change has made the new normal.
KNOWING THE STAKES: In this week's Weekend section, gardening experts offer advice on the proper use of stakes for plants such as tomatoes, delphiniums, hollyhocks, lupines and sunflowers.
The keys to its early season attraction are the two varieties of sweet lupines, which provide deer with a high-protein, high-energy forage through the spring and fall.
The friends encounter the noble Lupines, exotic boat-pulling sea snakes, a ghost-filled fog, and some shady fellow humans.
The lupines spread farther than she could have imagined and come up spring after spring, making her corner of the globe a more beautiful place.
A Lupine Festival is held in late May when lupines (a favorite food of the Karner blue) are in full bloom.
As organic farmers, they don't use herbicides that could kill or harm the lupines.
Valorex produces 100,000 tons per year of extruded products, for use mainly in animal feed, made from linseed, lupines, rapeseed, peas, hemp seed and field beans.
This is when scientists first realized that pregnant cows that grazed on lupines ran a significantly higher risk of giving birth to calves affected by CCS.