from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several succulent plants of the genus Sedum, especially the Eurasian species S. telephium, having clusters of reddish-purple flowers. Also called live-forever.
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- n. Any of several temperate succulent plants, of the family Crassulaceae, that have clusters of purple flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low plant with fleshy leaves (Sedum telephium), having clusters of purple flowers. It is found on dry, sandy places, and on old walls, in England, and has become naturalized in America. Called also stonecrop, and live-forever.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In painting, a yellow color of various degrees of intensity, approaching also to red.
- n. A succulent herbaceous plant, Scdum Telephium, common in gardens, native in the northern Old World, sometimes becoming wild in America.
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
Brother Ambrose, still voiceless, essayed speech and achieved only a painful wheeze, before Brother Cadfael, who was anointing his patient's throat afresh with goose-grease, and had a soothing syrup of orpine standing by, laid a palm over the sufferer's mouth and ordered silence.
Upon the rocks, which now bordered the road, were the deep red blossoms of the orpine sedum, and a small crimson-flowered stock with very hoary stem.
The old walls of Figeac are likewise tapestried with pellitory and ivy-linaria, with here and there a fern pushing its deep-green frond farther into the shadow, or an orpine sedum lifting its head of purple flowers into the sunshine that changes it to a flame.
Our two species of native orpine, S.DUM TERNATUM and S. TELEPHIOIDES. are never troublesome as weeds.
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.
But there were still angiospermous and orpine on my original list; and the night was, indeed, "opening like a cotyledon."
Bot.a. A large genus of herbaceous or woody-stemmed, succulent South African plants of the orpine family (Crassulaceae). b.
The juice of orpine is good against llie bloody flux: the best way of giving it is made into a thin syrup, with the finest sngar, and uith tlie addition of some cinnamon.