houseleek

[ hous-leek ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌlik /

noun

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.

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Origin of houseleek

First recorded in 1325–75, houseleek is from the Middle English word howsleke.See house, leek
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houseleek
/ (ˈhaʊsˌliːk) /

noun

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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