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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.]


(Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
[C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf]


(ˈlu pɪn)

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]


(ˈlu paɪn)

1. pertaining to or characteristic of the wolf.
2. savage; predatory.
[1650–60; < Latin lupīnus <lup(us) wolf]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lupine - any plant of the genus Lupinuslupine - 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
Adj.1.lupine - of or relating to or characteristic of wolves


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