orpine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n orpine perennial northern temperate plant with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n orpine (Bot) A low plant with fleshy leaves (Sedum telephium), having clusters of purple flowers. It is found on dry, sandy places, and on old walls, in England, and has become naturalized in America. Called also stonecrop, and live-forever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orpine In painting, a yellow color of various degrees of intensity, approaching also to red.
    • n orpine A succulent herbaceous plant, Scdum Telephium, common in gardens, native in the northern Old World, sometimes becoming wild in America. It has fleshy smooth leaves, and corymbs of numerous purple flowers. It was formerly, and to some extent is still, used as an astringent in dysentery, etc., and as a vulnerary. From its tenacity of life, it is called live-for-ever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Orpine a deep-yellow colour: the Sedum Telephium, a popular vulnerary
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. orpin, the genus of plants which includes orpine; -- so called from the yellow blossoms of a common species (Sedum acre,). See Orpiment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. auripigmentumaurum, gold, pigmentum, paint.

Usage

In literature:

Orpin is wearing a blue coat, black vest, white neck-cloth, and dark breeches.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Stephen Orpin was a mechanic and a Wesleyan, in virtue of which latter connection, and a Christian spirit, he had been made a local preacher.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
Passed Mr. Orpine's at Ardtilly, and another of the same name at Killowen.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
The common name, "orpine," was given on account of the yellow, or orpine, flowers; and the name "stonecrop," from its always growing in stony places.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
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