Definition of Houseleek

1. n. A succulent plant of the genus Sempervivum (S. 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.



Definition of Houseleek

1. Noun. Any of several succulent plants, of the genus ''Sempervivum'', having a rosette of fleshy leaves ¹

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Definition of Houseleek

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Houseleek

1. A succulent plant of the genus Sempervivum (S. 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. Synonym: ayegreen. Origin: House + leek. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Houseleek

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househusbands
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housekeepers
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housekeeping genes
housekeeping protein
housekeepings
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housel
houseled
houseleek (current term)
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Literary usage of Houseleek

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds: Design and Arrangement Shown by by William Robinson (1901)
"No finer houseleek has ever been introduced than this, sometimes called S. ... It is as easily grown and as hardy as the common houseleek (S. tectorum), ..."

2. The English Flower Garden: Design, Arrangement and Plans Followed by a by William Robinson (1895)
"8. arachnoideum (Cobweb houseleek). —One of the most singular of alpine plants, with tiny rosettes of fleshy leaves covered at the top with a thick white ..."

3. Hortus Kewensis; Or, A Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal by William Aiton (1811)
"... Dwarf houseleek. ATa/. of the Canary Islands. Mr. Fr. Masson. Introd. 1777. Fl.My, GH 5? ... houseleek ..."

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