Definition of orpine in English:

orpine

Line breaks: or¦pine
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːpɪn
 
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(also orpin)

noun

A purple-flowered Eurasian stonecrop.
  • Sedum telephium, family Crassulaceae
More example sentences
  • Other customs included decking the house (especially over the front door) with birch, fennel, St. John's wort, orpine, and white lilies.
  • In England and Wales, St John's wort was suspended over doorways along with green birch, long fennel, orpine and white lilies, to guard against intruding malevolent entities.
  • The Crassulaceae, or orpine family, is a family of dicotyledons.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French orpine, probably an alteration of orpiment, originally applied to a yellow-flowered sedum.

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