lupine

1
[ loo-pin ]
/ ˈlu pɪn /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. lupe,
  2. lupercalia,
  3. lupercus,
  4. lupiform,
  5. lupin,
  6. lupino,
  7. lupoid,
  8. lupoid hepatitis,
  9. lupoid leishmaniasis,
  10. lupoid sycosis

Origin of lupine

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lupīnus, lupīnum, apparently noun use of lupīnus lupine2; compare German wolfsbohne lupine, literally, wolf bean

lupine

2
[ loo-pahyn ]
/ ˈlu paɪn /

adjective

pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
related to the wolf.
savage; ravenous; predatory.

Origin of lupine

2
1650–60; < Latin lupīnus of a wolf, equivalent to lup(us) wolf + -īnus -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for lupine

lupine

/ (ˈluːpaɪn) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a wolf

Word Origin for lupine

C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf

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Word Origin and History for lupine

lupine

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for lupine

lupine

[ lōōpīn′ ]

Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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