houseleek definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous flowers for the genus Sempervivum native to the Old World, especially S. tectorum, having a persistent basal rosette of fleshy leaves and a branching cluster of pinkish or purplish blossoms. Also known as live-forever, old-man-and-woman.
    • any one of a number of succulent flowers, associated with the genus Sempervivum, having a rosette of fleshy leaves
    • A succulent plant of this genus Sempervivum (Sempervivum tectorum), originally a native of subalpine Europe, nevertheless now found really typically on old walls and roofs. It is extremely tenacious of life under drought as well as heat; -- labeled as also ayegreen.
    • The common name of the plants of the genus Sempervivum, natural order CrassulaceƦ.

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