hen-and-chickens

hen-and-chickens

[hen-uhn-chik-uhnz]
noun, plural hens-and-chickens.
any of several succulent plants that grow in clusters or colonies formed by runners or offshoots, as those of the genera Echeveria and Sempervivum.
Compare houseleek.


Origin:
1785–95

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hen-and-chickens
 
n , pl hens-and-chickens
(functioning as singular or plural) any of several plants, such as the houseleek and ground ivy, that produce many offsets or runners

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