orpine

[awr-pin]
noun
a plant, Sedum telephium, of the stonecrop family, having purplish flowers.
Also, orpin.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French, back formation from orpiment orpiment

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orpine or orpin (ˈɔːpaɪn, ˈɔːpɪn)
 
n
livelong, Also called: live-forever a succulent perennial N temperate crassulaceous plant, Sedum telephium, with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers
 
[C14: from Old French, apparently from orpiment (perhaps referring to the yellow flowers of a related species)]
 
orpin or orpin
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French, apparently from orpiment (perhaps referring to the yellow flowers of a related species)]

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