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hen-and-chickens

[ hen-uhn-chik-uhnz ]

noun

, plural hens-and-chickens.
  1. any of several succulent plants that grow in clusters or colonies formed by runners or offshoots, as those of the genera Echeveria and Sempervivum.


hen-and-chickens

noun

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of hen-and-chickens1

First recorded in 1785–95

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Example Sentences

Owing to their habit of producing a circle of young plants around the parent, they are commonly called "hen-and-chickens."

Each schooner has several dories, which fish all round it, thus suggesting what is often called the hen-and-chickens style.

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