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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Minute yellowish-brown hairs obtained from the strobili of the hop plant, formerly used in medicine as a sedative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Small hairs gotten from the strobili of the hop plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bitter principle extracted from hops.
  • n. The fine yellow resinous powder found upon the strobiles or fruit of hops, and containing this bitter principle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The peculiar bitter aromatic principle of the hop. Also called lupulite.
  • n. An alkaloid found in hops.
  • n. The fine yellow powder of hops, which contains the bitter principle.
  • n. Also humulin, humuline.

Etymologies

New Latin lupulus, hop species (diminutive of Latin lupus, hop plant, from lupus, wolf; see lupine2) + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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