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Definition of Lupin

Lupin is a word of English origin that can be translated as “lupine” or “Lupin” in Spanish. Its connotations are varied and are determined by the genre of its context and the intention of its expression.

The word Lupin, or lupine, can be classified as an adjective. In this case, its meaning belongs to or relative to the wolf, that is, it is expressed to make a synonym for the carnivorous and voracious nature of a wolf, some examples of this use would be the following:

  • The Lupin wolf is on the prowl
  • I am very afraid! There are lupine wolves

In botany, Lupin is a masculine noun that designates a plant and its fruit, which are also known by different names such as lupine, chocho, entremozo, among others. This silver is a legume that is from the peanut family, or peanut, which is used for human and animal consumption.

Lupin is also translated as lupine in Spanish and in this case it is a feminine noun that refers to the lupine grape. This plant is generally known in Spain and grows close to streams, its tubers are highly poisonous and has analgesic and sedative uses.

In Argentina, Lupin is the common name given to all grains of the bitter varieties, so its connotation is a bit different and general.

Origin of the term Lupin or lupine

Etymologically Lupin comes from the Latin lupines, which is made up of lupus which means “wolf” and the ending unus which indicates belonging or relationship. From this perspective, its use in the three languages, Latin, Spanish and English, is the same, at least in one meaning.

The use of the word Lupin, or lupine, is not widespread in Spanish-speaking countries for its original reference.

Other uses of Lupin

The word Lupin is used to designate a fictional character belonging to the writings of French Maurice Leblanc. This character, who is a thief, is highly known, especially in France, and has been used in many contexts since its origin.

In January 2021, the streaming network Netflix premiered a series entitled Lupine, which is based on Leblanc’s writings. The series is also of French origin and its main character is Arsenio Lupine, which is why that name is attributed to him.