Houseleek
Houseleek House"leek`, n. [House + leek.] (Bot.) A succulent plant of the genus {Sempervivum} ({Sempervivum tectorum}), originally a native of subalpine Europe, but now found very generally on old walls and roofs. It is very tenacious of life under drought and heat; -- called also {ayegreen}. [1913 Webster]

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  • houseleek — [hous′lēk΄] n. [ME houslek: see HOUSE & LEEK] SEMPERVIVUM …   English World dictionary

  • Houseleek — Taxobox name = Houseleeks image width = 250px image caption = A Jovibarba regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Saxifragales familia = Crassulaceae genus = Sempervivum genus authority = L. subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • houseleek — /hows leek /, n. 1. 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. 2. any other plant of the genus Sempervivum …   Universalium

  • houseleek — stoginė šilropė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Storlapinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Sempervivum tectorum), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Sempervivum tectorum angl. barrenprivet; common… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • houseleek — šilropė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Storlapinių (Crassulaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Sempervivum). atitikmenys: lot. Sempervivum angl. houseleek; live forever vok. Dachwurz; Hauswurz rus. живучка; молодило lenk. rojnik …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • houseleek — noun Date: 14th century a pink flowered thick leaved European plant (Sempervivum tectorum) of the orpine family that tends to form clusters of rosettes and is often grown in rock gardens; broadly sempervivum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • houseleek — noun Any of several succulent plants, of the genus Sempervivum, having a rosette of fleshy leaves Syn: liveforever …   Wiktionary

  • houseleek — [ haʊsli:k] noun a succulent plant with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small pink flowers, growing on walls and roofs. [Sempervivum tectorum and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • houseleek — house•leek [[t]ˈhaʊsˌlik[/t]] n. pln a succulent plant, Sempervivum tectorum, of the stonecrop family, native to Europe, having reddish flowers and leaves forming dense basal rosettes • Etymology: 1325–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • houseleek — /ˈhaʊslik/ (say howsleek) noun 1. a herb of the family Crassulaceae, Sempervivum tectorum, with pink flowers and thick, succulent leaves, found growing on the roofs and walls of houses. 2. any plant of the genus Sempervivum …   Australian English dictionary

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