Definition of orpine in English:



(also orpin)
  • A purple-flowered Eurasian plant of the stonecrop family, a naturalized weed of North America.

    Sedum telephium, family Crassulaceae

    ‘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.’



/ˈôrp(ə)n/ /ˈɔrp(ə)n/


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