• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lupine of or relating to or characteristic of wolves
    • n lupine any plant of the genus Lupinus; bearing erect spikes of usually purplish-blue flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lupine (Bot) A leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, especially Lupinus albus, the seeds of which have been used for food from ancient times. The common species of the Eastern United States is Lupinus perennis. There are many species in California.
    • a Lupine Wolfish; ravenous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lupine Like a wolf; wolfish; ravenous.
    • lupine In zoology, pertaining to the series or group of canine animals which contains the wolves, jackals, and dogs, as distinguished from the foxes; thoöid. In lupine animals the skull has frontal sinuses which affect the profile of the head and the contour of the cranial cavity, and the pupil of the eye is usually round. See vulpine, alopecoid, and thoöid.
    • n lupine A plant of the genus Lupinus. The white lupine, L. albus, of southern Europe and the Orient, has been cultivated from antiquity. Its seeds serve as a pulse, and its herbage is valuable for fodder and green manure. In Portugal it is used, under the name of tramoso, to choke out obstinate weeds. The scented yellow lupine, L. luteus, of the Mediterranean region, is used in central Europe to improve sandy soils. Various other species have similar uses, among them the Egyptian L. Termis, resembling L. albus, and L. varius, with flowers chiefly blue. The tree-lupine, L. arboreus, of Pacific North America, has been used with success to bind shifting sand. It is a shrub growing 10 feet high, and sending its roots more than 20 feet deep. The ornamental lupines are extremely numerous. L. albus, L. luteus, and L. varius, mentioned above, were formerly common in gardens, but have been somewhat superseded by species from western America. Among these are the tree-lupine and the many-leafed lupine (L. polyphyllus) of North America and L. versicolor of Peru. The wild lupine of the eastern United States is L. perennis, a plant with a long showy raceme of purple flowers, common in sandy soil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lupine lū′pīn like a wolf: wolfish
    • n Lupine a genus of leguminous plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lupinus, lupinum, apparently fr. lupinus, belonging to a wolf, fr. lupus, a wolf; perh. so called because it was supposed to exhaust the soil: cf. F. lupin,. Cf. Wolf


In literature:

The LUPINE, Lupinus, is a very handsome class of annuals, many of which grow well in India, all of them flowering in the cold season.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Bibi-Lupin undertook investigations for the benefit of private persons.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
William Toy, a glasscutter, was killed in the Plasterers' Arms, Lupin Street, July 20, 1878, in a drunken row.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The perennial Lupines may also be flowered as annuals by sowing seed in March or April.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
This had, for two or three days, disputed the ground with the lupine and phlox.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
BIBI-LUPIN, chief of secret police between 1819 and 1830; a former convict.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
Lupinus sparsiflorus (lupine) Tr.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Lupine, Mrs. E. W. Gould, Minneapolis, first premium, $1.50.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
While the blue lupine blossomed she kept the mound covered with the fragrant flowers.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
Her fire kindled, the camp in shape, she lay down by the little blaze with her head under a lupine plant.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner

In poetry:

Beside the southern casement sings,
Within his cage, a linnet grey;
Beneath, upon the window-seat,
A pot with flowering lupines gay.
"Pictures of Memory" by Janet Hamilton
Its cold, round crystals
form and slide and settle
in the white hens' feathers,
in gray glazed cabbages,
on the cabbage roses
and lupins like apostles;
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
And climb the white—veiled slopes arrayed
In bridal bloom of peach and pear,
While, 'neath the olive's phantom shade,
Lupine and beanflower scent the air.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Hardy big-leaf lupine rich in color.
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore .
Earlier this month, the Fairfield and Red Bank, N.J. Offices of CPA and consulting firm Smolin Lupin & Co.
Lupin , UltraTech to Replace Steel Authority, Sterlite in S&P CNX Nifty Index.
Lupin the third is my savior.
Food Manufacturers Look to Reformulate With Lupin .
The lupin are bloomin' Click to enlarge.
This rendering shows the beachfront homes in the Lupin Beach development.
The proposed Lupin Beach project was discussed at great length and ultimately squeaked through the Planning Commission at a meeting Oct 11.
Rowling Talks About Killing Lupin and Saving Hagrid and Ron In "Deathly Hallows".
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore.
Find more information about propagating lupin here.
Expert tips for harvesting, growing and propagating lupin from seeds.
Food Manufacturers Look to Reformulate With Lupin.
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore.