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n. a child, particularly a minor, whose two natural parents are dead. In some cases, such as whether a child is eligible for public financial assistance to an orphan, "orphan" can mean a child who has lost one parent.

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ORPHAN. A minor or infant who has lost both of his or her parents. Sometimes the term is applied to such a person who has lost only one of his or her parents. 3 Mer. 48; 2 Sim. & Stu. 93; Lo & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 2, c. 1. See Hazzard's Register of Pennsylvania, vol. 14, pages 188, 1 89, for a correspondence between the Hon. Joseph Hopkinson and ex-president J. Q. Adams as to the meaning of the word Orphan, and Rob. 247.

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The sale of the 30.1 million shares took place on July 1, and will allow Open Orphan to focus resources on creating an orphan drug platform, it said.
Children living in orphan homes are more prone to develop emotional and behavioral problems1.
The announcement sounded special to the investors of the mid-cap firm from Vadodara, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, because the news came at a time when the industry is riding a wave of orphan drugs.
In connection with the World Orphan Day, an Iftar dinner was held at the president house in Islamabad in honour of the institutions brining up the orphan children.
PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman here Sunday said that orphans need attention like other children and everyone should play its role for welfare and happiness of these children besides making them useful citizen of the society.
M2 EQUITYBITES-May 13, 2019-Venn Life Sciences to Acquire Open Orphan DAC
Okokoro noted that 'the Orphan's Carnival project is a VOADI yearly project that brings orphans in direct contact with potential sponsors on the same platform to promote talent hunt for career, health and education development sponsorship.
M2 PHARMA-July 27, 2018-Oasmia Pharmaceutical gives update on Apealea's EU orphan designation status
During a visit to the SOS village on Sunday, he said: 'I will not hesitate to become a beggar to collect donation for orphan children of the SOS village.' Helping poor people and orphans is the most sacred act in Islam, he added.
Al Falasi said that being an orphan is something to be ashamed of.
Addressing the participants of a charity dinner organised by Al-Khidmat Foundation to generate funds under its Orphan Care Programme, Former president of Al-Khidmat Foundation added that the out of school orphan children were victims of child labour and the Foundation wanted to bring them out of child labour and take them to the schools.