or·​pine ˈȯr-pən How to pronounce orpine (audio)
: an herb (Sedum telephium of the family Crassulaceae, the orpine family) that has fleshy leaves and pink or purple flowers and was formerly used in folk medicine
broadly : sedum

Word History


Middle English orpin, from Anglo-French, from orpiment

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orpine was in the 14th century

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“Orpine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orpine. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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