from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of 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 flowers. Also called live-forever, old-man-and-woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several succulent plants, of the genus Sempervivum, having a rosette of fleshy leaves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of the plants of the genus Sempervivum, natural order Crassulaceæ.


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Probably from an Old English *hūslēac, corresponding to house +‎ leek. Cognate with Dutch huislook, German Hauslauch, Danish husløg, Swedish huslök.



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  • A succulent herb with pink flowers and thick stem and leaves, the latter forming a dense rosette close to the root, which grows commonly on walls and the roofs of houses.

    February 19, 2008