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or orpin

[awr-pin] /ˈɔr pɪn/
a plant, Sedum telephium, of the stonecrop family, having purplish flowers.
Origin of orpine
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French, back formation from orpiment orpiment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • orpine for Quinsie in the throat, for which disease it is inferior to none.

  • Like the orpine, it was a veritable "live-long," or as the politicians say, "die-hard."

  • The orpine was a flower linked with tradition and mystery in England, there were scores of fanciful notions connected with it.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • They set the orpine in clay upon pieces of slate or potsherd in their houses, calling it a Midsummer man.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for orpine


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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