from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants having many runners or offshoots, especially the houseleek.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A proliferous variety of the daisy, Bellis perennis.
- n. A species of houseleek, Sempervivum globiferum, native of the continent of Europe, sometimes cultivated.
- n. The ground-ivy, Nepeta Glechoma.
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(Dudleya is in this family, as are hen-and-chickens and jade plant.)
(_Sempervivums_), among which _S. globiferum_, "hen-and-chickens," is the most widely known.
Each schooner has several dories, which fish all round it, thus suggesting what is often called the hen-and-chickens style.
He wore a big cluster diamond pin, a sort of hen-and-chickens of his own, secured by a minute guard-chain on a ruffled shirt-front of snowiest linen, where clung dry crumbs of the "fine-cut" which puffed the lower side pockets of his gray alpaca sack coat.