- 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
- pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
- related to the wolf.
- savage; ravenous; predatory.
Origin of lupine2
1650–60; < Latin lupīnus of a wolf, equivalent to lup(us) wolf + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for lupine
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He had, however, taught his wife how to treat him when in his lupine form.Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore
Burton, this lupine, leering lover of blood—this killer of women.The Red Debt
This had, for two or three days, disputed the ground with the lupine and phlox.At Home And Abroad
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She was on her way, I suppose, to some wild garden, probably for lupine and starchy saxifrage leaves and rootstocks.My First Summer in the Sierra
Lupine-seed, in plant-lore “lupine” means wolfish, and is suggestive of the Evil One.The Browning Cyclopdia
- of, relating to, or resembling a wolf
C17: from Latin lupīnus, from lupus wolf
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Word Origin and History for lupine
"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
- Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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