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Definition of LUPINE
: any of a genus (Lupinus) of leguminous herbs including some poisonous forms and others cultivated for their long showy racemes of usually blue, purple, white, or yellow flowers or for green manure, fodder, or their edible seeds; also: an edible lupine seed
: any of a genus (Lupinus) of leguminous herbs some of which cause lupinosis and others are cultivated for green manure, fodder, or their edible seeds; also: an edible lupine seed
Variants of LUPINE
Any of about 200 species of herbaceous and partly woody plants that make up the genus Lupinus in the pea family (seelegume), found throughout the Mediterranean and especially on the prairies of western North America. Many are grown in the U.S. as ornamentals, and a few species are useful as cover or forage crops. Herbaceous lupines, which grow up to 4 ft (1.25 m) tall, have low, divided leaves and an upright flower spike, and many are hybridized for gardens. The name comes from the Latin for wolf because these plants were once thought to deplete, or wolf, minerals from the soil; in actuality some species aid soil fertility through nitrogen fixation.