1. [syn: wild lupine, sundial lupine, Indian beet, old-maid's bonnet, Lupinus perennis]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lupine \Lu"pine\, n. [L. lupinus, lupinum, apparently fr.
lupinus belonging to a wolf, fr. lupus a wolf; perh. so
called because it was supposed to exhaust the soil: cf. F.
lupin. Cf. Wolf.] (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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: stout perennial of eastern and central North America having
palmate leaves and showy racemose blue flowers [syn: wild
lupine, sundial lupine, Indian beet, old-maid's
bonnet, Lupinus perennis]