lupine

noun
lu·​pine | \ˈlü-pən \
variants: or less commonly lupin

Definition of lupine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

lupine

adjective
lu·​pine | \ˈlü-ˌpīn \

Definition of lupine (Entry 2 of 2)

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The standing charred trees, called snags, tower over a forest floor carpeted with lupine, fireweed, wild strawberries, pinegrass, sedges and other plants. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Along the creek, sudden patches of bright purple lupine sprang up, and then the trail would suddenly open onto huge meadows framed by snowy peaks. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite backpacking with kids is worth a few tears," 26 Apr. 2018 At 92 percent full, many areas of exposed shore are filled with blooming lupine. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "NorCal lakes heat up for boating, fishing, camping," 6 May 2018 Keep an eye out for grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, lupine, and Indian paintbrush. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Later in the month, lupines, malvas, salvias, pansies, violas, verbenas, carnations, cosmos, seed dahlias and godetia. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers ask: Seedlings, compost and overgrown orchids," 9 Mar. 2018 Three years ago, Fields broadcast several packs of wildflowers, including California poppy, lupine and clarkia, in the gardens. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "A former lawn sets the stage for a wildflower super bloom in Woodland Hills," 15 May 2018 Thompson’s broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson’s waterleaf, and Hood River milkvetch. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 DeSoto’s second contribution to the exhibit shows lupine trees in Mt. Ranier National Park. Barbara Dargis, Daily Southtown, "Quilts covering America's national parks to summer in Will County," 7 Apr. 2018

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Every few months an Italian landowner, angry at having lost livestock to lupine jaws, will shoot a wolf and dump its corpse by the roadside – sometimes mutilated or decapitated – in protest against government policy. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, "Where Romulus suckled, wolves roam again," 29 Sep. 2017 Lupine fix nitrogen from the air in their roots and leaves, and are helping to nourish the ground, said Josh Chenoweth, restoration botanist for the park. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "At Elwha River, forests, fish and flowers where there were dams and lakes," 3 July 2017 Nimitz frequently took hikes in Tilden, particularly around the Botanic Garden and the roadway at Inspiration Point that would be named for him, and would scatter lupine seeds along the way of his weekly outings. Chris Treadway, The Mercury News, "Admiral, sower of Berkeley wildflowers, made history 75 years ago," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of lupine

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lupine

Noun

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

Adjective

Latin lupinus, from lupus wolf — more at wolf

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lupine

noun
lu·​pine | \ˈlü-pən \

Kids Definition of lupine

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

lupine

noun
lu·​pine
variants: also lupin \ˈlü-​pən \

Medical Definition of lupine 

: 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

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