[ hous-leek ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌlik /


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.
any other plant of the genus Sempervivum.

Origin of houseleek

First recorded in 1325–75, houseleek is from the Middle English word howsleke. See house, leek Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for houseleek

/ (ˈhaʊsˌliːk) /


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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