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lu·pine 1also 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.]
1. Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
2. Rapacious; ravenous.
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(Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
[C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf]
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any plant of the genus Lupinus, of the legume family, esp. L. perennis, having tall, dense clusters of blue, pink, or white flowers.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lupīnus, lupīnum, appar. n. use of lupīnus lupine2; compare German Wolfsbohne lupine, literally, wolf bean]
1. pertaining to or characteristic of the wolf.
2. savage; predatory.
[1650–60; < Latin lupīnus <lup(us) wolf]
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|Noun||1.||lupine - any plant of the genus Lupinus; bearing erect spikes of usually purplish-blue flowers|
Egyptian lupine, field lupine, Lupinus albus, white lupine, wolf bean - white-flowered Eurasian herb widely cultivated for forage and erosion control
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)
|Adj.||1.||lupine - of or relating to or characteristic of wolves|
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