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any leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, of North America, Europe, and Africa, with large spikes of brightly coloured flowers and flattened pods
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lupīnus wolfish (see lupine); from the belief that the plant ravenously exhausted the soil
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  • lupin saw that they were at an equal distance from Metz and Luxemburg.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
  • Was a confederate of lupin's, like the workmen who flung that bag at our heads.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • "At the time when I was chief of the detective-service," lupin broke in.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
  • lupin had not exaggerated when saying that they would go "pretty fast."

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Daubrecq said nothing and sat silent, with his head turned to lupin.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • lupin opened the door and called the captain and two of the crew.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Taking advantage of a second when lupin had turned away from him, he suddenly wheeled round and grasped the door-handle.

  • That was the key for which I had hunted so long and with which lupin was kind enough to supply me.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • And lupin was left behind, petrified, astounded, filled with rage and confusion.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
  • "I'm going up, show me the way," said lupin, with his foot on the stairs.

Word Origin and History for lupin

plant of the genus lupinus, late 14c., from Latin lupinus, name of the plant, noun use of an adjective meaning "of a wolf" (see lupine). The reason for association with the animal is unclear; perhaps it was so called because of a belief that the plants were harmful to soil (cf. lupus).

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