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From Old French orpin, Old French orpiment, from Latin auripigmentum (orpiment), from aurum (gold) + pigmentum (pigment).

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orpine (plural orpines)

  1. Any of several temperate succulent plants of the family Crassulaceae, that have clusters of purple flowers, especially Hylotelephium telephium.
    • 1653, Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician Enlarged, Folio Society, published 2007, page 207:
      Common Orpine rises up with diverse round, brittle stalks, thick set with fat and fleshy leaves without any order, and little or nothing dented about the edges; of a pale green colour.
    • 1940, Rosetta E. Clarkson, Green Enchantments: The Magic Spell of Gardens, The Macmillan Company, page 268:
      A plant of orpine was often set by a young girl on her window sill on Midsummer Eve.
  2. A yellow pigment of various degrees of intensity, sometimes approaching red.

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