A plant of the pea family, with deeply divided leaves and tall, colorful, tapering spikes of flowers.
- Genus Lupinus, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular the popular cultivar Russell lupine
- 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.
Of, like, or relating to a wolf or wolves.
- With media attention hitting fever pitch, a strangely lupine man called Wolf decides to take up the hunt, interrupting Dusty's incompetent press conference.
- In the Scottish Highlands, environmental campaigners and landowners wrangled over the possibility of reintroducing wolves to a landscape devoid of lupine presence since the 1700s.
- His name is Nick Dickory, and he has lupine features.
mid 17th century: from Latin lupinus, from lupus 'wolf'.