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An orphan does not have parents. On the other hand an orphaned block has a parent but no children. So shouldn't it be called barren rather than orphan?

  • Orphan blocks can have children. They just don't have as many children as the best chain. – Nick ODell Jan 19 '17 at 17:56
  • That's not the origin of the term though, see the linked answer. – Pieter Wuille Jan 20 '17 at 15:04

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