or or·pin



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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Historical Examples of 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.

British Dictionary definitions for orpin


orpin (ˈɔːpɪn)


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

Word Origin for orpine

C14: from Old French, apparently from orpiment (perhaps referring to the yellow flowers of a related species)
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