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houseleek

[hous-leek]
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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.
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Origin of houseleek

First recorded in 1325–75, houseleek is from the Middle English word howsleke. See house, leek
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Examples from the Web for houseleek

Historical Examples

  • But the woodwork that encased the panes was decayed, and houseleek covered the tiles.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The houseleek and bay tree were supposed to afford protection from lightning.

  • It is the Houseleek, of which a clump is growing between the tiles.

    Wildflowers of the Farm

    Arthur Owens Cooke

  • Mabel had planted her one houseleek, and it was with faithful exertion she kept it from covering her whole nature.

    Mabel's Mistake

    Ann S. Stephens

  • Beat a quantity of Houseleek in a marble mortar, squeeze out the Juice and clarify it.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz


British Dictionary definitions for houseleek

houseleek

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 wallsAlso called: hen-and-chickens
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