any leguminous plant of the genus Lupinus, of North America, Europe, and Africa, with large spikes of brightly coloured flowers and flattened pods

plant of the genus lupinus, late 14c., from Latin lupinus, name of the plant, noun use of an adjective meaning “of a wolf” (see lupine). The reason for association with the animal is unclear; perhaps it was so called because of a belief that the plants were harmful to soil (cf. lupus).


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