sempervivum

sempervivum

[sem-per-vahy-vuhm]
noun
any of various succulent plants belonging to the genus Sempervivum, of the stonecrop family, having leaves in dense basal rosettes and a compact, flat-topped cluster of flowers, and including the houseleek, S. tectorum, and other commonly cultivated species.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin: genus name, Late Latin sempervīvum houseleek, equivalent to Latin semper always + vīvum, neuter singular of vīvus alive, in reference to the plant's durable qualities

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sempervivum (ˌsɛmpəˈvaɪvəm)
 
n
See houseleek
 
[New Latin, from Latin sempervivus ever-living, from semper always + vivere to live]

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