from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See orpine.
  • n. See houseleek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Sedum Telephium) with fleshy leaves, which has extreme powers of resisting drought; garden ox-pine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, the orpine, Sedum Telephium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. perennial northern temperate plant with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers


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  • Smooth prickly pear (Opuntia phaeacantha var. laevis) and live-forever (Dudleya spp.) grow on vertical cliffs or within the canopies of armored plants.

    Adaptations of desert plants

  • This is a picture of Dudleya, or live-forever, which is a very pretty succulent that grows out of cracks in rocks.

    May 2009

  • I think these live-forever types are a load of snivelling, selfish, cowardy custards. 90 is well more then enough ration.

    Live forever? No thanks

  • Irene delved for some more seeds, and grew a fiesta flower, a rainbow fem, a good-luck plant, a silver-ball plant, a pearl plant, a live-forever plant, a love-charm plant, and a bag flower for the refuse of the party.

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • Aunt Kate sent down east to her sister Lib for roots of sweet Mary, ribbon-grass, and live-forever, all of which came, took root, and grew in the course of time.

    The Second Chance

  • She taught them how to make "blow-bags" out of the thick leaves of the "live-forever" that flourished in the old Bailey garden, she initiated them into the toothsome qualities of the "sours" that grew in the niches of the graveyard dyke, and she could make the most wonderful shadow pictures on the walls with her long, flexible fingers.

    Rainbow Valley

  • We can make pudding-bags of live-forever, dolls 'bonnets, "trimmed up to the nines," out of the velvet mullein leaf, and from the ox-eyed daisies, round, cap-begirt faces, smiling as the sun.

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • We have no native plant so indestructible as garden orpine, or live-forever, which our grandmothers nursed, and for which they are cursed by many a farmer.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • New York; and the live-forever, which thrives and multiplies under the plow and harrow.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • I know of -- milkweed, live-forever, Canada thistle, and toad-flax -- that it will not run out in a good soil.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton


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