orpine

noun
or·​pine | \ ˈȯr-pən How to pronounce orpine (audio) \

Definition of orpine

: 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

First Known Use of orpine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orpine

Middle English orpin, from Anglo-French, from orpiment

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“Orpine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orpine. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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