1. any of various plants (esp. genus Sedum) of the orpine family, with fleshy leaves and stems, and white, yellow, or purple flowers
2. designating a family (Crassulaceae, order Rosales) of succulent, dicotyledonous plants, including
the sempervivums and sedums
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Word origin of 'orpine'
< MFr < orpiment
): orig. used of a yellow-flowered plant