Definition of orpine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrpən/
(also orpin)


A purple-flowered Eurasian plant of the stonecrop family, a naturalized weed of North America.
  • Sedum telephium, family Crassulaceae.
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.


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

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Syllabification: or·pine

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