- 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
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Examples from the Web for lupin
This is the lure of wild nature between the lupin and the laurel.Days Off
Henry Van Dyke
"Tell him to prove it," was Lupin's rejoinder to the journalists.
Was a confederate of Lupin's, like the workmen who flung that bag at our heads.
Lupin, if you don't stop this minute, this second, I fire at mademoiselle!
Lupin had not exaggerated when saying that they would go "pretty fast."
Word Origin and History for lupin
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