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
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The 2,600-acre wilderness preserve includes pine, maple and birch, along with wetlands adorned with tall grasses and shockingly purple wild lupines.
In pastel pinks and purples, an enchanting mix of columbines, lupines and foxgloves bloom in pockets of sun underneath Japanese maples.
Meanwhile mountain bouquets of aster, fireweed, lupine and glacier lily enthrall at every turn.
Irises, lupines, purple wisteria, tulips, dahlias, bluebells, daffodils, hyacinth, pansies, and pink verbena add color to the grounds.
The works included Colorado’s state flower, the blue columbine, as well as yucca, lupines, mushrooms and other plants.
Recently, her personal garden has expanded to include dahlias, hens and chicks sedum, clematis and lupine as well as irises.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of lupine
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lupinus, lupinum, from lupinus, adjective
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of lupine for Students
: a plant related to the clovers that has tall spikes of showy flowers
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