Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Lupinus.
  • Like a wolf; wolfish; ravenous.
  • In zoology, pertaining to the series or group of canine animals which contains the wolves, jackals, and dogs, as distinguished from the foxes; thoöid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.
  • adjective Wolfish; ravenous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, the wolf.
  • adjective Wolflike; wolfish.
  • adjective Having the characteristics of a wolf.
  • adjective Ravenous.
  • noun Any leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, some poisonous.
  • noun An edible lupine seed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of wolves
  • noun any plant of the genus Lupinus; bearing erect spikes of usually purplish-blue flowers

Etymologies

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Latin lupīnus, from lupus ("wolf").

Examples

  • I couldn't see the wolves, nor was I expert enough in lupine vocalization to determine whether their yelps signaled a chase or something else.

    Phil Caputo: Old Age and Elk Hunting in the Rocky Mountains

  • Part of the charm of the lupine is the continual stir of its plumes to airs not suspected otherwhere.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • Part of the charm of the lupine is the continual stir of its plumes to airs not suspected otherwhere.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • The lupine is another of those interesting plants which go to sleep at night.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • When older wolves can no longer hunt successfully, younger wolves share their kill with them, in what MacNulty describes as a lupine version of Social Security.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • When older wolves can no longer hunt successfully, younger wolves share their kill with them, in what MacNulty describes as a lupine version of Social Security.

    Signs of the Times

  • It was made of barley; certain herbs, such as lupine and skirret, were used as substitutes for hops.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • _ "In plant-lore 'lupine' means wolfish, and is suggestive of the Evil One."

    Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning

  • Mom wrote about choosing lupine flowers for her blog's background over the pink breast cancer ribbon theme expected of her.

    More Than a Pink Ribbon

  • There's "character development" to break up the lupine action, though, as plane-crash survivors cope with their Alaskan version of Deliverance.

    This week's new films

Comments

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  • I have even used this word in scrabble

    December 9, 2006

  • Flower; wolf-like.

    November 22, 2007

  • The lupine force their prey supine.

    July 13, 2010