Meaning of hen-and-chickens

hen-and-chick•ens

Pronunciation: (hen'un-chik'unz), [key]
— pl. hens-and-chickens.
  1. any of several succulent plants that grow in clusters or colonies formed by runners or offshoots, as those of the genera Echeveria and Sempervivum. Cf. houseleek.
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