(North American also lupine /-pɪn/)
A plant of the pea family with deeply divided leaves and tall colourful tapering spikes of flowers.
- Genus Lupinus, family Leguminosae: several species
More example sentences
- The slugs also preferred the leaves of lucerne, white clover and lupins, to the wheat plants.
- Their curiosity got the better of them when they noticed that, unlike other crops, plants in the legume family - beans, peas, alfalfa, lupines, vetch - thrived even in nitrogen-deficient soils.
- Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.
late Middle English: from Latin lupinus.
Definition of lupin in:
- The US English dictionary