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houseleek

[hous-leek] /ˈhaʊsˌlik/
noun
1.
Also called old-man-and-old-woman. a succulent plant, Sempervivum tectorum, of the stonecrop family, native to Europe, having reddish flowers and leaves forming dense basal rosettes.
2.
any other plant of the genus Sempervivum.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English howsleke. See house, leek
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British Dictionary definitions for houseleek

houseleek

/ˈhaʊsˌliːk/
noun
1.
any Old World crassulaceous plant of the genus Sempervivum, esp S. tectorum, which has a rosette of succulent leaves and pinkish flowers: grows on walls Also called hen-and-chickens
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Encyclopedia Article for houseleek

live-forever

any of numerous low-growing succulent plants constituting the genus Sempervivum, about 40 species, in the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae), native to Europe, Morocco, and western Asia. The name houseleek refers to the growth of some species on thatched roofs in Europe; "live-forever" indicates their hardiness and durability. Houseleeks usually have thick fleshy leaves arranged in a dense rosette. Small plantlets, or offsets, arise in a cluster around the parent plant. They are useful in garden borders and rock gardens and are attractive in window pots indoors

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