Definition of orpine in English:

orpine

Syllabification: or·pine
Pronunciation: /ˈôrpən
 
/
(also orpin)

noun

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