hen and chickens
noun Date: 1884 any of several plants having offsets, runners, or flowers that send out shoots; especially houseleek

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  • hen and chickens — n. the common houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum), a flowering plant with a dense rosette of fleshy leaves clustered at the base of the stem from which offshoots arise * * * …   Universalium

  • hen and chickens — n. the common houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum), a flowering plant with a dense rosette of fleshy leaves clustered at the base of the stem from which offshoots arise …   English World dictionary

  • hen-and-chickens — 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)

  • hen-and-chickens — /hen euhn chik euhnz/, n., pl. 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. Cf. houseleek. [1785 95] * * * henˈ and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hen-and-chickens — /hen euhn chik euhnz/, n., pl. 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. Cf. houseleek. [1785 95] * * * also called  hen… …   Universalium

  • hen-and-chickens — hen′ and chick′ens n. pl. hens and chickens pln any of several succulent plants of the stonecrop family, esp. of the genus Sempervivum, that grow in clusters formed by runners or offshoots • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • hen-and-chickens — /hɛn ən ˈtʃɪkənz/ (say hen uhn chikuhnz) noun 1. any of several herbs, especially those having offshoot or runner plants growing around the parent. 2. a species of houseleek, Sempervivum tectorum, native to Europe. 3. → ground ivy. 4. → hen and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hen and chickens — noun (plural hens and chickens) : any of several plants having offsets, runners, or proliferous flowers: as a. : houseleek b. : ground ivy c …   Useful english dictionary

  • hen and chickens — noun a houseleek or other plant producing additional small flower heads or offshoots. [Jovibarba sobilifera and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Hen and Chickens Islands — der Puka Baum ist ein typischer Teil der Flora der Inseln Die Hen and Chickens Islands ( Henne und Küken Inseln , oft verkürzt zu Hen and Chickens) sind eine Inselgruppe östlich der North Auckland Peninsula vor der Küste der Nordinsel Neuseelands …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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