Definition of houseleek in English:

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houseleek

Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌlēk/

noun

A succulent plant with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small pink flowers. Houseleeks grow on walls and roofs, and are popular cultivated plants.
  • Sempervivum and related genera, family Crassulaceae: several species, in particular S. tectorum.
Example sentences
  • Try the black-leaved Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ with houseleeks Sempervivum planted underneath.
  • Sempervivums, also known as ‘hen and chicks ‘or houseleeks, are a common garden succulent whose leaves are quite tasty raw or lightly cooked.’
  • The cobweb houseleek Sempervivum arachnoideum has a fine covering of downy white hairs and is a good contrast to the darker forms.

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Syllabification: house·leek

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