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lupine

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noun lu·pine \ˈlü-pən\

Definition of lupine

  1. :  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



Did You Know?

Lupine comes from lupus, Latin for "wolf", and its related adjective lupinus, "wolfish". Lupine groups have a highly organized social structure, with leaders and followers clearly distinguished; dogs, since they're descended from wolves, often show these lupine patterns when living in groups. Stories of children raised by wolves (the most famous being Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome) have generally been hard to prove, partly because "wild" children lack human language abilities and can't describe their experiences. Lupine is also a noun, the name of a well-known garden flower, which was once thought to drain, or "wolf", the soil of its nutrients.

Variants of lupine

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lupin

Origin and Etymology of lupine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lupinus, lupinum, from lupinus, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms


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lupine

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adjective lu·pine \-ˌpīn\

Definition of lupine

  1. :  wolfish



Origin and Etymology of lupine

Latin lupinus, from lupus wolf — more at wolf


First Known Use: 1660

Other Mammals Terms


LUPINE Defined for Kids

lupine

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noun lu·pine \ˈlü-pən\

Definition of lupine for Students

  1. :  a plant related to the clovers that has tall spikes of showy flowers




Medical Dictionary

lupine

noun lu·pine

Medical Definition of lupine

  1. :  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

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lupin

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