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lupin

/ˈluːpɪn/
noun
1.
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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Historical Examples
  • 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.

    The Blonde Lady

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

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • lupin, if you don't stop this minute, this second, I fire at mademoiselle!

    The Blonde Lady

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

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • lupin opened the door and called the captain and two of the crew.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • Thanks to you, lupin is going to rot on the damp straw of the cells.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • lupin called for it with all his might, with all his strained nerves!

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • 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
  • lupin replies that it is agreed and that, moreover, he will be in the park on Sunday morning.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
Word Origin and History for lupin
n.

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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