- 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
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Examples from the Web for houseleek
But the woodwork that encased the panes was decayed, and houseleek covered the tiles.Lucretia, Complete
The houseleek and bay tree were supposed to afford protection from lightning.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
It is the Houseleek, of which a clump is growing between the tiles.Wildflowers of the Farm
Arthur Owens Cooke
Mabel had planted her one houseleek, and it was with faithful exertion she kept it from covering her whole nature.Mabel's Mistake
Ann S. Stephens
Beat a quantity of Houseleek in a marble mortar, squeeze out the Juice and clarify it.The Toilet of Flora
- 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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