hen-and-chickens

[ hen-uh n-chik-uh nz ]
/ ˈhɛn ənˈtʃɪk ənz /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. hen night,
  2. hen of the woods,
  3. hen party,
  4. hen run,
  5. hen tracks,
  6. hen-house,
  7. henan,
  8. henbane,
  9. henbit,
  10. hence

Compare houseleek.

Origin of hen-and-chickens

First recorded in 1785–95

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British Dictionary definitions for hen-and-chickens

hen-and-chickens

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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