- 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
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Examples from the Web for orpin
“I tell you, Ruyter, it is in vain to join with the Kafirs,” said Orpin.
One of them died before he landed; the other was the man of whom Orpin now spoke.
Orpin referred to two of the settlers whose careers in South Africa were destined to be cut short on the threshold.
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 chief of the Kafirs ordered the scout sternly to be silent, at the same time glancing at Orpin.
- a succulent perennial N temperate crassulaceous plant, Sedum telephium, with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowersAlso called: (Brit) livelong, (US) live-forever
C14: from Old French, apparently from orpiment (perhaps referring to the yellow flowers of a related species)