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white lupine

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[loo-pin] /ˈlu pɪn/
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family, as L. albus (white lupine) of Europe, bearing edible seeds, or L. perennis, of the eastern U.S., having tall, dense clusters of blue, pink, or white flowers.
Origin of lupine1
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lupīnus, lupīnum, apparently noun use of lupīnus lupine2; compare German wolfsbohne lupine, literally, wolf bean Unabridged
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  • That Poppy chooses to keep company with the white lupine, and to that impulse you owe your fine garden effect.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • It might be a white lupine, I thought, till at one of our stops between stations it happened to be growing within reach.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
British Dictionary definitions for white lupine


of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf
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Word Origin and History for white lupine



"wolf-like," 1650s, from French lupine "wolf-like," from Latin lupinus "of the wolf," from lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)).

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white lupine in Science
Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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