- See under lupine1.
- 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
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- 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 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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- Characteristic of or resembling wolves.
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