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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Examples from the Web for orpine

Historical Examples of orpine

  • 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


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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