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[awr-ping-tuh n]
  1. one of a breed of large, white-skinned chickens.
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Origin of Orpington

First recorded in 1890–95; after Orpington, town in Kent, England
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Examples from the Web for orpington

Historical Examples

  • The deafness of dear Violet Orpington sometimes spoiled this game.

    Marge Askinforit

    Barry Pain

  • He called his new breed the Orpington, giving it the name of the town in which he lived.

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

  • The Orpington—Jonah, Norah called him—was not inclined to race.

    A Little Bush Maid

    Mary Grant Bruce

  • A visitor, driving from Orpington to Down, told the cabman to go faster.

  • Greycroft shall be my field of conquest and the white plume that leads to victory will be an Orpington.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

British Dictionary definitions for orpington


  1. a heavy breed of domestic fowl of various single colours, laying brown eggs
  2. a breed of brown duck with an orange bill
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  1. a district of SE London, part of the Greater London borough of Bromley from 1965
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