[ hen-uh n-chik-uh nz ]
/ ˈhɛn ənˈtʃɪk ənz /
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.
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- hen night,
- hen of the woods,
- hen party,
- hen run,
- hen tracks,
Origin of hen-and-chickens
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for hen-and-chickens
Each schooner has several dories, which fish all round it, thus suggesting what is often called the hen-and-chickens style.All Afloat|William Wood
Owing to their habit of producing a circle of young plants around the parent, they are commonly called "hen-and-chickens."The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits|Mary Elizabeth Parsons
noun plural 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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