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orpine

or orpin

[awr-pin] /ˈɔr pɪn/
noun
1.
a plant, Sedum telephium, of the stonecrop family, having purplish flowers.
Origin of orpine
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, back formation from orpiment orpiment
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  • “I tell you, Ruyter, it is in vain to join with the Kafirs,” said orpin.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • One of them died before he landed; the other was the man of whom orpin now spoke.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • orpin referred to two of the settlers whose careers in South Africa were destined to be cut short on the threshold.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • The Dutchman said “Ja,” and went, for orpin had a persuasive tongue and pleasant manner which induced all sorts of men to aid him.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • The chief of the Kafirs ordered the scout sternly to be silent, at the same time glancing at orpin.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • orpin is wearing a blue coat, black vest, white neck-cloth, and dark breeches.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • At the one to which Hintza was now leading orpin the missionaries had remained at their post.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for orpin

orpine

/ˈɔːpaɪn/
noun
1.
a succulent perennial N temperate crassulaceous plant, Sedum telephium, with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers Also called (Brit) livelong, (US) live-forever
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, apparently from orpiment (perhaps referring to the yellow flowers of a related species)
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