[ 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.
Compare houseleek.

Origin of hen-and-chickens

First recorded in 1785–95
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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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