Brill’s New Pauly

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(θέρμος/thérmos, of unknown etymology, Latin lupinus or -um, from lupus, ‘wolf’, for an unknown reason) is the pulse (Leguminosae) lupin. In Greece and Italy in antiquity there were many wild varieties, of which several were cultivated as food for people of the poorer classes and for livestock. The bitter taste (eliminated only in the 20th cent. by breeding) was moderated by soaking it for a long time in warm water (Plin. HN 18,136 and 22,154), cooking and mashing. There were precise regul…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Lupine”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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