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